In her blog Sarah Gibson, panelist of Gravity&Gender writes about Stereotypical Gender Roles and other barriers for Women in Science. In it she writes:
Gender diversity in science and engineering is something that I am very passionate about and something that needs to be addressed on a larger scale. This isn’t even because it is morally right to treat everyone the same, it is because the technology industries are absolutely key to the UK’s economy. By limiting the potential of and driving away everyone who isn’t cis-male engineers and scientists we are fundamentally harming our country.
In an article in the Daily Mail in Monday, Mar 11 2013, it stated: ‘Sexist’ pink Lego aimed at girls is ‘reinforcing gender divide’ in science, says Coast’s Professor Alice Roberts. Pink Lego for girls helps reinforce gender attitudes that see boys performing better in science, a BBC television presenter and scientist has claimed. Professor Alice Roberts, the popular presenter on the ‘Coast’ series and ‘Prehistoric Autopsy’, hit out at the sexism that deters women from pursuing the subject…
In Gender news item at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University Susan Fisk draws on neuroscience to tackle myths about the brain, she asks: Is the female brain innately inferior?
Susan Fisk is a graduate student in the Sociology Department at Stanford. She is part of the Clayman Institute student writing team, reporting on gender topics at Stanford. Read more
Panel member Eva Gillis-Buck delivered this presentation to a group of teenagers last year about gender stereotypes in science. It touches on many of the themes discussed at the panel event. Eva has experience talking about perceived and real gender-gaps in (American) maths and science, at an elementary school and university level.
tumblr blogger Spacious Perspicacious had some interesting correspondence with Tesco as to whether this toy has been marketed “for boys”. Read the whole tumblr post here
We know that more boys studying physics and science than girls, and women working in the field are outnumbered significantly, but is this because men have brains genetically built to be good at physics or because girls and women are not socially expected to thrive in these careers? And beside where do trans people fit into this picture?