From the hastac blog post: “The often unconscious and unintentional biases against women, including in academe, have been well documented in the autobiographical writings of authors such as Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Patricia Williams, and bell hooks. But is the experience they document merely “subjective”? Several recent social science research studies, using strictly controlled methodologies, suggest that these first-person accounts of discrimination are representative, not simply anecdotal.”
A new compilation of recent research regarding Gender Bias in Academia.
Numerous studies have illustrated that women are just has biased against female STEM students as men. Here is a nice infographic that summarizes how this bias is perpetuated through letters of recommendation. If you are asking a professor for a letter of recommendation — remember s/he often has many of these to write. Providing us a list of your accomplishments – as related to the position you are applying to – is super helpful.
Geoff Marcy (UC Berkeley) incident indicative of a larger problem
The resignation of Dr. Geoff Marcy an astronomy professor at UC Berkeley has garnered a significant amount of press over the last week. He resigned after a UC–Berkeley investigation found that he violated university policy by sexually harassing women serially for a decade.
To read more about this see links below:
Op-Ed in the Daily Californian by Dr. Ellen Simms (Dept of Integrative Biology)
On Inside Higher Ed
On The Wire