You must have Power to Stop Discrimination

You must have Power to Stop Discrimination

This is a piece on gender inequity and sexual discrimination (not sexual harassment, which is a different and emotionally more devastating thing). I´m writing this at this time not because of any one thing that´s happened, but because of a culmination of things. Sometimes it just seems like a topic is in the air, building momentum, and this topic has finally found a voice in me. This post had three different triggers. The first was a bad moment I had last semester, when I found out a student in my Physics for Engineers class was making sexually harassing comments on a regular basis. The second trigger came from confronting numbers and statistics on women in physics and astronomy for a pair of talks at Dragon*Con. And the third trigger was this little gem posted...

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Physics & Astronomy Women by the Numbers

Just pulling stuff into one place. I’m just going to let the numbers speak for themselves. From “Fighting the Gender Gap“: In 1994-1995, female students typically scored 50 points lower on Physics SAT II In 1994 Women typically scored 150 points lower on Physics GRE, even when comparing male and female students who otherwise perform identically academically From Women in Physics 2005 In 2003, women earned 22% of the physics and 46% of the Astronomy Bachelors degrees In 2003, women earned 18%  physics and 26% of astronomy PhD In 2005, women made of 10% of the physics and 14% of the astronomy faculty “Even when working in the same sector for the same number of years, women’s salaries are lower than men’s in physics and...

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