A new post of mine was recently published on the AAAS MemberCentral Driving Force blog (may be behind paywall for now): Does gender bias play a role in the leaky pipeline after all? This post delves into the findings of a recent PNAS study that, unfortunately, shows scientists are not immune to gender discrimination. I wrote my post a while ago, but since then the PNAS study has gotten lots of press–including from large media outlets. This is great because, as the study points out, the best way to counteract such biases is for more people to be aware that they exist. Unfortunately, I know from scenarios that my female colleagues have faced that discrimination is alive and well (but often subtle) in science.
Some additional recommended reading on the topic:
CNN (Meg Urry): Why bias holds women back
Scientific American Doing Good Science Blog (Janet D. Stemwedel): Gender bias: ethical implications of an empirical finding
The New York Times (Kenneth Chang): Bias Persists for Women of Science, a Study Finds
The Wall Street Journal: He, Once a She, Offers Own View on Science Spat (an oldie, but really worth the read because Barres has an important and unique perspective)
Scientific American Unofficial Prognosis blog (Ilana Yurkiewicz): Study shows gender bias in science is real. Here’s why it matters.
Confused at a Higher Level blog (Melissa Eblen-Zayas, Carleton College physics professor): Readings for undergraduate women in STEM?