Striving for Balance
Is there gender parity in speakers at a major science conference? It’s complicated…
Joanna Cummings |
A study examining gender bias at the annual conference of a large scientific society heralds positive changes – but women are still underrepresented in some subspecialties (1). Co-author Jessica Prenni (Associate Professor, Director of Research Core Facilities, Director of Proteomics & Metabolomics Facility, Colorado State University) says the research was prompted by a discussion about how the scientific society could respond to gender inequity with constructive action.
“We realized that in order for change to happen, we need to first better understand where we are right now,” explains Prenni. “Our goal was to encourage dialogue on the topic and provide visibility to an issue that impacts all female scientists but that has been historically ignored.”
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