Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Women in Science Update

I'm so backlogged in this department that I am offering minimal commentary this week. But here's a bunch of super stuff for you to read.

Updated to add: 2 bonus great posts (at the bottom of the blogland section)

In Blogland

From Trillwing, her dissertation abstract: To Study, to Control, and to Love: Women Scientists in American Natural History Institutions, 1880-1950.

Also from Trillwing: Women in Science, Historical Edition: Doris Cochran's struggle for promotion at the Smithsonian

From Yami: Women in science don’t patent as often as men (excerpt from the subscription-only Nature article.)

From Ms. PhD: Sexism and peer review.

From Female Science Professor: Vital information or boring old war stories?

From Holly: Dissertation fellowships for women. (not just for science)

From FairerScience: Women in Science shouldn’t marry economists. Another take on the chauvinist Forbes editorial.

4000 years of women in science.

From Bitchasaurus (who’s new to me): Women in Science – Hypatia.

From Zuska: Summaries and commentary on the latest reports in AWIS's Washington Wire.

From Cocktail Party Physics (also new in these whereabouts): Geek Grrls: The Next Generation. (call for proposals from the feminist press)

In the News

Allentown Morning Call: Girl hiked far to become a top geologist. A16-year old girl was this year’s top prize winner at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Let’s hope she stays turned on to science through college.

International Herald Tribune: Female engineer out of the running to be Malaysia’s first astronaut.

Galveston County Daily News: Subtle inequities still exist in workforce.

The Hindu News Update: Create right atmosphere for women scientists to deliver. “Noting that science has no gender barrier, President A P J Abdul Kalam on Monday exhorted the top management in science institutions and the Government to create a conducive atmosphere for enabling women scientists and technologists to maximise their contribution to national development.”

India e-news: Family care takes women away from male-dominated fields.

NatureJobs: representation of women in science comes under scrutiny.

Washington Post: Women aren’t good in math…are they? Don’t get mad. Read it. (hat tip to Astra Nomer)

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Propter Doc said...

Thanks for the links - I like Field Notes too.

Elwood City said...

It seems like a lot of feminine/ist scientist come through here. (I think it has something to do with your blog title.)

So I have a question. Is a woman professor who can beat the men at their own game advancing women in science? To put it another way, does working longer hours, being tougher with your students, and being as aggressive as the "Old Boys" change the Old Boys network more than having a Women Chemist's Committee?

There are basically two different approaches to feminism I've seen, the "we're the same" approach, and the "we're just as good" approach. Is there value in both, or does one work to the detriment of the other?

ScienceWoman said...

elwood city - I guess I'd have to say I am a follower of the "we're just as good" approach. I think the danger in the "we're the same" approach is that it doesn't recognize the problems with society and implicity (or explicitly) assumes that the traditional male model is appropriate. And beating the boys at their game only seems to work if they realize that there is something wrong with the game.