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‘There should be a rule against women having children in science’

“Following the recent comments made by Tim Hunt, I spent a little time reminiscing about my experiences as a postdoctoral researcher at a London University. I started this position full of enthusiasm but it ended quite swiftly following comments from my principal investigator (PI), such as:

  • ‘There really should be a rule against women having children in science.’
  • ‘I’m not going to teach you how to do it because you’re probably going to leave for marriage and children anyway so why waste my time?’
  • ‘Sorry about all the women in this laboratory, but at least they’re good to look at.

“This is on top of being asked in interviews about my relationship status and whether I plan to have children. Apologies Sir Hunt, but as it turns out, young female scientists are most certainly not interested in falling in love with their PIs. Rather than that slightly nauseating theory, we actually just want to be successful in our experiments, discoveries and long-term careers. Unfortunately it doesn’t surprise me that this behaviour still continues because I’ve dealt with it firsthand. However, I’ve now started working for the NHS. They have 100% commitment to equal opportunities and it’s the best job I’ve ever had. I hope that is reassuring to other researchers in similar situations. Why are universities incapable of dealing with sexism?” (Trainee clinical scientist for the NHS.)

‘Women are simply worse at science’

“When I was an undergraduate in 2011, a chemistry PhD student told me he thought women were simply worse at science. He went on to say that if he ever suspected that the women in his department were benefiting from positive discrimination, he was planning on deliberately ‘sabotaging’ the careers of women in chemistry to ‘redress the balance’.” (PhD student at Oxford University)

Source and rest (the guardian): Stories of sexism in science: ‘sorry about all the women in this laboratory’

(Excerpt etc. first posted on feimineach.com. Orig. attribution above.)

today in misogyny: stories of sexism in science: 'sorry about all the women in this laboratory'