About 2 years ago, I started to learn about gender bias in Life Sciences...
...we have work to DO!
Women in the biological sciences earn about half the doctorates, comprise about 45% of postdocs, but comprise only 21% of full science professors. The greatest numbers of attrition occur between postdoctoral fellow’s and assistant professor level, because women face several challenges.
Win4Science is an initiative for women in Life Science at McGill University formed to tackle the gender gap by establishing an awareness program, providing networking and mentorship support and advocating for structural changes.
What Win4Science does
Awareness program with monthly seminars on bias and other issues.
What are the main issues for women in Life Science discussed in literature?
1) Family planning coincides with the transition to principal investigator stage.
2) There is a lack of women role models in academia.
3) Despite improvements, female scientists are perceived to be less competent, face funding disparities.
4) Women are more prone to experience a lack of confidence and/or the imposter syndrome.
Did you know...
...that women have a 2-6% lower success rate to receive a CIHR operating grants according to the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), report 2014-15.