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Eric Mills 20th Oct 2014, 1:53 PM edit delete
Eric Mills
This strip is a little different than the usual Cartoon Physics in a couple of ways. To start with, each scene depicted here is something I’ve personally witnessed. The subject is also a little outside the usual for this site, and you might be wondering, why go there? Well, because the burden of speaking out about sexism in science and society should not fall only to women. We all need to do our part for a more equal world. And because I still meet men who say they do not see sexism in science, and hence do not see why we should be doing anything about it. To those men, I suggest that perhaps you are simply not looking.

Since I think anecdotes should always be accompanied by data, here’s a report the American Association of University Women put together on women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). It contains a large amount of data and discusses many studies on many different aspects of gender equality in STEM. If that’s too much, my friend Theresa has a series of blog posts discussing studies of gender in science.
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