It is more common now in my classes and in
workshops I am asked to deliver that there are
more women. Capable, strong communicators,
involved and focused, they have a different set
of problems than what me and my male scientists
Let’s start off with role models first. There are
fewer of them and with the emerging higher
number of women scientists the ratio of
emerging to role models (mentors) is high. Thus,
either women need to seek out men or do without.
ADAPT TO CONCERNS. In my classes where
we work together in the learning enterprise to
motivate and to change minds, the students are
not the only ones who actively learn. While I should
not favor women over men in disputes, I will
“go the extra mile” and change things, rather than
stand pat with the status quo.
One thing stands out is the troubling post doc
dilemma, when full time permanent positions are
at a premium. I want to argue in favor of career
consultants and mentors to proactively seek
avenues to promote women scientists.
Then when a female enters the workplace how do
you get recognized. Debra Condren’s book
reviewed in a blog offers some cogent advice
on survival tactics.