#SexIsSocial - Sexism in Science Still Lingers

Ansley Ansley


Sexism in Science Still Lingers, by Experiment! - Click here to read the full article.



Are there any women here who work in a predominately male-driven career? Do you find yourself having to struggle to get promotions or call backs for interviews? Do you have any tips for women trying to break into science fields or mechanical fields?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I am a woman....
15
And I do not work in a science or maths field.
12
And I work in a science or maths field.
2
.
I am a man....
3
And I have a degree in maths/sciences.
4
And I do not have a degree in maths/sciences.
..
Do you feel like women still have to prove they are just as good or better at their jobs than men?
6
Definitely!
9
I think it depends on the field, the position, and both the employer's views and the employee's personality.
9
I'm not sure, I don't work and/or have no experience with these issues.
Total votes: 60 (22 voters)
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11/29/2012
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Kindred Kindred
I am in a field (veterinary medicine) where 60-70% of new graduates are now women. Having said that, I think there is likely still pay discrepancy along gender lines. Unfortunately, the "good old boys" are still around for the most part.
11/29/2012
deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by Ansley


Sexism in Science Still Lingers, by Experiment! - Click here to read the full article.



Are there any women here who work in a predominately male-driven career? Do you find yourself having to struggle to get promotions or call ... More
Interesting article.
11/29/2012
Ansley Ansley
Ok so before anyone accuses me of being sexist in my post I would like to point out that on EF, poll options cannot be duplicates of one another. The fact the degree option fell under the men was not intentional (maybe Freudian, but certainly not intentional). I hope I've not offended anyone who noticed.
11/30/2012
dindagail dindagail
Intersting topic and sadly this does exist in some work place's.
12/01/2012
spiced spiced
I've seen a lot of discrimination against women. I think one big problem is that in our society, raising children is still seen as almost entirely the woman's responsibility. Employers still assume that women are going to take more time off for family and just generally give more of themselves to the home--and less to the job.

If we had the kind of family leave available to BOTH spouses in many countries, and if it were the social norm for men to take advantage of the leave time to become more involved with their families, then I believe the situation would improve.

As for science specifically, in my limited experience (mostly in college), I've seen that women are at least as competent as men. Perhaps not as competitive. I think excessive competitiveness is a major negative in our society...but that's another topic!

Thanks for a well-written and thought-provoking article!
12/01/2012
Chal Chal
I think that the stigma against "nerd girls" ("girls aren't into science and guys' stuff - get back to the kitchen") is strong evidence that this prejudice still exists. It's better than it used to be - at least girls are *allowed* to work in the sciences now - but that doesn't mean it's gone.
12/03/2012
indiglo indiglo
Sadly, sexism is still a problem in most fields... and in most areas of life. There are generally pay discrepancies across the board, less respect, and so on. It is certainly not limited to Scientific fields.
12/03/2012
Rraine Rraine
Interesting topic; but sexism is still a problem in a lot of fields. It is really upsetting.
12/04/2012
spiced spiced
Quote:
Originally posted by Chal
I think that the stigma against "nerd girls" ("girls aren't into science and guys' stuff - get back to the kitchen") is strong evidence that this prejudice still exists. It's better than it used to be - at least girls ... More
Nerd girls are hot!
12/04/2012
Total posts: 10
Unique posters: 8