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What’s an Introduction For?

At the University of Michigan, I have been the Director of a Feminist Science Studies program, funded by our Institute for Research on Women and Gender, which means our group has had a lot of speakers come in. I haven’t introduced all of them, but I have introduced a lot of them. And, not to […]

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Apologies for the delay?

If you’re like most academics I know, then you’ve probably typed the title of this post a number of times. “Apologies for the delay” you’ve written, to help alleviate the guilt you feel in taking too long to respond to someone’s email. But, how long is “too long?” Isn’t there an emotionally-loaded nature to the […]

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Feminist Science Studies Organizations

Guest post by Kgupta Here are some of the feminist science studies organizations that I am aware of: FEMMSS (The Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies) http://femmss.org/ FiSTS (Feminists in Science and Technology Studies): FiSTS is a group connected to the Science and Technology Taskforce of the National Women’s Studies Association https://sites.google.com/site/nwsafists/home […]

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What’s in the Box? Defining Sex and Gender.

Guest Author: Zena Sharman, PhD It all started in a windowless hotel conference room in the basement of a Toronto hotel. There was a weirdly patterned carpet and a buffet lunch and that awful, burnt-tasting drip coffee that I couldn’t stop drinking. [1] Finding myself in a windowless hotel conference room was not particularly unusual. […]

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Dear Feminist Scientists (and Science-y Feminists): Do you need a feminist supervisor to do graduate work in feminist science?

This is another installment of “Dear Feminist Scientists (and Science-y Feminists).” Yes, we are still working on a less clunky name, but this one is growing on us. Anyway, a graduate student recently wrote to ask us (and you!): Do you need a feminist supervisor to do graduate work in feminist science? It’s a good […]

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Are people evaluating your science or your gender? Could you ever know?

You’re not the only one who has wondered if those people were reacting to your gender or to your work. And you’re also not the only one who wishes you could scientifically test your hypothesis. Too bad that it’s impossible. Well, maybe not impossible. I mean, you could alter your appearance and present yourself in a gender […]

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Science and feminism: the holy grail for nasty comments?

Just recently, Popular Science shut off their comments in a move they report here. An interesting post came up on Scientific American about this, with a pretty hilarious graphic to start it off (including a great line: “I can science!”). It seems that comments on posts about, especially, climate change and evolution are rewarded by especially vitriolic, nasty, […]

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Of nodes, nubs, and shared projects. And cyborgs. And why being alone in your dept is hard, but being alone in a discipline is really hard.

Though it’s decreasingly common, many women in science have had the experience of being the only woman in their department. Social networks have been and continue to be important ways of connecting those who are the only or amongst these few. These networks might take place at conferences, via societies, or through the internet. A […]

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Woman + Advisor = Mama? Something’s funny about that math… And we’re not talking ‘haha funny.’

If you’re a scientist-who-is-a-woman (or another academic-who-is-a-woman), you may have experienced expectations from students to be motherly. And, if – or when – you’re not motherly to your supervisees, they may feel betrayed or angry, as people tend to when norms are broken. Because whether you are an actual mother to actual children or not, in […]

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“Department of the Pursuit of Scientific Truth” in Forums now!

Check out this classic piece on the experience of going through graduate training in science. It’s in the Resources section of the Forums. Was this like your training?