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Tenure, She Wrote Guest Post: Women In Science at Evolution 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014   (0 Comments)
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"This is the third consecutive year that the Evolution Meeting has had a workshop and networking lunch focused on Women in Science. This year’s focus was on implicit bias in the workplace. The event was organized by Jenny Boughman (Michigan State University) and Michele Dudash (University of Maryland) and led by Joan Herbers (Ohio State University), past president of the Association for Women in Science. During the workshop, which was attended by about 45 women and 1 man, participants were asked to share instances in academic settings in which they felt they had been disadvantaged due to implicit bias. For me, these experiences include disrespect from male students, having a male colleague tell me that I was being held to different (lower) standards than he was, and sexual harassment at meetings. For others, instances included being referred to as “Ms.” instead of “Dr.” (this issue is eloquently discussed here), exclusion from meetings with deans and other higher-ups, greater service loads, and the list goes on. How can we counteract implicit bias? Joan suggests allowing ample time for making thoughtful decisions, explicitly stating criteria and standards, bringing the issue out in the open when having discussions, and mentally preparing yourself prior to situations where bias may occur..."

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