Tagged: sex differences

The March for Science… and Politics?

This is a guest post by Anne Fausto-Sterling! The January 21, 2017 Women’s March on Washington, DC was quite the eye-opener. I am not a naïve marcher, since my first such trek to Washington dates back some 60 years to the 10,000 strong 1958 Youth March on Washington for Integrated...

Sex, Gender, and the New NIH Policy

Guest Post by Heather Shattuck-Heidorn! In May 2014, the NIH released a new policy mandate requiring equal representation of “sex” in all preclinical research (the research on animals and cellular materials that occurs before clinical trials in humans). I am part of a Harvard-based working group of scientists and science...

Even the cows are male: Impacts of gender/sex policy on grant apps

Even the cows are male: Impacts of gender/sex policy on grant apps

What happens when grant institutes ask applicants whether they are considering gender and sex? Joy Johnson, Zena Sharman, Bilkis Vissandjee, and Donna E. Stewart found out. But they’re not just your everyday run-of-the-mill finder-outers: Dr. Johnson is the Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health (IGH, one of...

When Feminism Met Neuroscience… at a conference.

When Feminism Met Neuroscience… at a conference.

A  bunch of scholars from various disciplines met up at NeuroGenderings III just this past May to discuss the intersections between neuroscience and feminism. Did you miss it? Well, fret not! Because a summary of events is posted! Click here to see what happened, who said what, and why NeuroGenderings...

Men sent to Mars and women sent to Venus: A thought experiment in honor of the NIH’s upcoming policies on incorporating sex in basic research

Men sent to Mars and women sent to Venus: A thought experiment in honor of the NIH’s upcoming policies on incorporating sex in basic research

Imagine if you will… It’s the year 2075. After a worldwide search for the hardiest human beings, one man and one woman are selected to colonize other planets: Bob (a chemist from Finland) is sent to Mars, and Flo (a rice farmer from Thailand) is sent to Venus. Each of...

Institutionalizing sex differences: Room for nuance

Institutionalizing sex differences: Room for nuance

If you’re interested in feminist science, you, like me, probably heard about the recent U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) call to balance sex of subjects in relevant studies. For example, Janine Clayton and Francis Collins write: The NIH is now developing policies that require applicants to report their plans...

Charles Darwin’s Correspondence with Women

Guest Author: Samantha Evans, Co-Editor, Charles Darwin Correspondence Project The Darwin Correspondence Project is a long-term academic project publishing all Charles Darwin’s extant correspondence (letters to him and letters from him) in an annotated edition, both in hard-copy and online. We have also published selections of letters, and since the...

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

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...