Gender bias in (neuro)science: Facts, consequences and solutions
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SourceEuropean Journal of Neuroscience, 50, 7, (2019), pp. 3094-3100
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PI Group Motivational & Cognitive Control
European Journal of Neuroscience
Subject170 000 Motivational & Cognitive Control; Radboudumc 13: Stress-related disorders DCMN: Donders Center for Medical Neuroscience
Abstract Women neuroscientists (please note that we refer to all who identify as such) are still underrepresented in various aspects of academic life. The efforts of the community to mitigate this issue are growing but can elicit adverse reactions (Moghaddam & Gur, 2016). In this opinion paper, we discuss the different approaches that have been taken at institutional, organizational and individual levels to counter gender bias and aim at addressing unfavorable comments. We base our reasoning on empirical data and on the feedback received after the release of the Women in Neuroscience Repository (WiNRepo, see Supplementary Table S1.a), an initiative we created to increase the visibility of women in neuroscience. While this feedback originated mainly from oral conversations and was not rigorously quantified, we believe the frequency of the comments justify their discussion, as performed in (Moghaddam & Gur, 2016). The aim of this piece (supported by a list of signatories, see Supplementary Table S2) is therefore to ‘debunk the myths’ related to gender bias and to affirmative actions in academia, as well as to propose concrete measures that can been implemented to counter such bias. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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