Monday, May 2, 2011

AASWOMEN for April 29, 2011

Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of March 25, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, and Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Response: Bullying, Sexual Harassment, and Unprofessional Behavior

2. GWIS National Symposium: Progress and Potential

3. An Interesting Perspective: Why Women Should Not Go Into Science

4. Gender Games: College Teams, Relying on Deception, Undermine Gender Equity

5. First Bell: Women Pass Men In Attaining Advanced Degrees

6. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

7. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

8. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter


1. Response to request for advice: Bullying, Sexual Harassment, and
Unprofessional Behavior
From: Margaret Hanson [hansonmm_at_ucmail.uc.edu]

[Last week, we posted a request for advice regarding a situation where bullying, sexual harassment, and unprofessional behavior overlapped in the extreme. -- eds.]

This kind of behavior doesn't just suddenly appear in an individual. If it's this bad now, it's always been that bad in their group. I would recommend contacting men and women who came through the group in previous years. These more senior, established individuals may not be so worried about the impact on their careers to come forward and speak out. No doubt, they've thought a lot about the environment and maybe felt powerless at the time, but now are in a position (and may wish) to do something about it. Moreover, they could establish a history of unprofessional behavior from this professor dating back to their time in the group.

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2. GWIS National Symposium: Progress and Potential
From: GWIS at Cornell [gwis_at_cornell.edu]

THE 2011 GWIS NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM Progress and Potential: Science and Equality since 1921

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Saturday, June 18- Sunday, June 19, 2011

Join us as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of Graduate Women at Cornell University, where university women first came together to found the Alpha chapter of GWIS in 1921. The focus of this meeting will be a celebration of the progress made over the last 90 years by women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and a critical discussion of the potential and challenges that lie ahead. Both men and women are welcome.

Featuring - Keynote speaker - Science talks from GWIS Fellowship winners and graduate students - Student poster sessions - Gender Issues and Development sessions - Historical exhibit on the progress of GWIS since 1921 - Social receptions

Early Bird registration closes: 30th April Final registration closes: 30th May Students are invited to submit posters or oral presentations Poster/Oral Abstracts due: 30th May

For registration and details: www.gwis.org or contact gwis_at_cornell.edu

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3. An Interesting Perspective: Why Women Should Not Go Into Science
From: Mercedes Richards [mtr11_at_psu.edu]

This is an interesting article. While it focuses on the financial reasons why women should not pursue careers in science, it does not consider that some of us just love science regardless of the pay.

http://philip.greenspun.com/careers/women-in-science

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4. Gender Games: College Teams, Relying on Deception, Undermine Gender Equity
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelz_at_memphis.edu]

[We felt this was appropriate for the newsletter, since Title IX has had such a wide-reaching impact, far beyond just sports -- eds.]

From the New York Times:

Gender Games: College Teams, Relying on Deception, Undermine Gender Equity By KATIE THOMAS

To produce an appearance of gender equity, colleges have given roster spots to unqualified players, counted male practice players as women and trimmed men's rosters.

Full story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/26/sports/26titleix.html?emc=eta1

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5. First Bell: Women Pass Men In Attaining Advanced Degrees
From: Susana Deustua [deustua_at_stsci.edu]

Women Pass Men In Gaining Advanced Degrees.

The AP (4/27) reports, "For the first time, American women have passed men in gaining advanced college degrees as well as bachelor's degrees, part of a trend that is helping redefine who goes off to work and who stays home with the kids." This increase in overall education has given women "greater access to a wider range of jobs, contributing to a shift of traditional gender roles at home and work." There are more women than ever in the workplace, fewer stay-at-home mothers and more stay-at-home dads. The gender wage gap has also closed somewhat. And, experts say, the increase in degree-holding women will give them better protection against employment instability in the future. Some experts "have dubbed the current economic slump a 'man-cession' because of the huge job losses in the male-dominated construction and manufacturing industries, which require less schooling."

Full story here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-bc-us--census-educatedwomen,0,7381962.story

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8. Access to Past Issues

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Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.

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