Women in science

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Women are the key to encouraging more female academics to seek promotions. Shutterstock/Photographee.eu

Here’s how to get more women promoted to top jobs in universities

Men outnumber women almost two-to one in senior academic positions in Australia's universities. But there is a way that female academics can play a vital role in bridging that gap.
How much do hiring decisions in academia factor in the gender of the applicant? Files image via www.shutterstock.com.

Women preferred for STEM professorships – as long as they’re equal to or better than male candidates

Previous research found a preference in academia for hiring stellar female candidates over stellar male candidates for STEM jobs. A new study investigated what happens if applicants aren't as evenly matched.
Why should astronomy be different from any other field when it comes to sexual harassment? Flickr/PROnate

Change is possible when sexual harassment is exposed

The reaction has been swift since a high-profile astronomer's legacy of sexual harassment against his students was exposed.
Being made to feel you don’t belong in your chosen field is stressful. Woman image via www.shutterstock.com.

What fewer women in STEM means for their mental health

Being underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math means women can be made to feel they don't belong, with long-term mental health consequences.
Africa needs women scientists and researchers like the Ivory Coast’s Dr Celine Nobah, pictured here at work. What can be done to develop female researchers? Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters

Clever spending and policies can bring more women to science

Policies at universities and in research institutions can be changed in small and significant ways to boost the space for gender equity within the sciences.
There are still barriers to overcome to keep more women in science. CIAT/Flickr

What it’s like to be a woman working in science, and how to make it better

What is it like to be a woman working in the sciences? While there are hurdles to overcome, there are joys as well. The new SAGE initiative hopes to make STEM even more amenable to women.
Powerful, supportive academic networks can offer women a buffer against sexism and patriarchy. Shutterstock

Strong networks can dilute sexism in higher education

While gender inequality is a pervasive problem in academia, there is a home in universities for women right now. Here's how to make it a happy one.
What time do you think it’s safe for me to leave work? Overwork image via www.shutterstock.com

Workaholism isn’t a valid requirement for advancing in science

Despite macho career advice, it's time for scientists – and everyone else – to understand that the point is to work smarter, not longer and to strive for a realistic and livable work/life balance.

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