How to calculate #MyGenderGap for publishing scientists
Good point on how we all can contribute to reproducing gender gaps:
A recent article in Nature looked at the gender gap in scientific publishing among a variety of countries. There’s lots of good stuff in there, but the one metric I want to focus on is the ratio of women/men authors. In Canada, it was 0.459, meaning that for every woman author, there are 2.17 male authors.
There’s lots out there on womein in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenges they face, and the degree to which they are under-appreciated (including historical figures).
So what can I, a white man, do?
Well, the data in the Nature article had to come from somewhere. So as an actively publishing scientist, I contribute to this phenomenon (regardless of whether my data were included in Nature).
After a bit of musing, I pulled up my current CV and decided to look at the gender gap in my own academic…
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