Re entry fellowships Working mum vs stay at home mum Full time working mum vs part time mum
Mummy-wars try to pit us against each other. We don’t have to belittle or question what another family chooses. (We rarely question what the Father does — whether he works or not.) One size does not fit all – Do it your way
What's different? Caring responsibilities Anything else Top tips
Women in Science Female physiologists are Heads of departments and faculties Female physiologists/scientists are Vice Chancellors/executives All universities/institutes have equal opportunity commitment Universities/institutes Female physiologists/scientist get appointed and promoted
Professional bodies grant committees editorial Boards society committees learned bodies Female physiologists on: Women in Science
Female physiologists are Heads of departments and faculties Female physiologists/scientists are Vice Chancellors/executive All universities/institutes have equal opportunity commitment Universities/institutes Female physiologists/scientist get appointed and promoted Most are first female head and majority of departments have never had a female head. Female VCs Very Rare beasts! UK universities have been shown to be amongst worst institutions for gender equality. Equal opportunity not working >50% women graduates, < 10% become professors professors and mothers....... How good/ bad is it?
Professional bodies grant committees – few and no section heads, Wellcome Trust physiol committee: 1/15 editorial Boards - few : J.Physiol & Expt Physiol never a female chair: 0/14 society committees – few especially on executives Physiological Society currently 1/6 learned bodies - very few; Female Royal Society Fellows 6% Female physiologists on BUT: 1: How good/ bad is it?
Science/workplace attitudes What are the issues? male and female ways of doing things current set up evolved to suit males and male ways e.g. questions after talks: for info or ego? not a real scientist unless you life devoted to it female way = weak. success = male way power plays and alpha maleness; not as valued by women?
“The success of initiatives has been limited by focusing on helping women to survive and thrive in existing masculine environments, rather than challenging the underlying work culture and perception of the ideal scientist as a masculine figure: ”. Women in Science, Engineering and Technology: Three Decades of UK Initiatives Alison Phipps (Trentham Books: 2008) What are the issues?
Stereotypes, assumptions and prejudice Males are safe choice and plenty to pick from Women good at pastoral roles, teaching, details.... Female wouldn’t want to do it – she’s too busy already, parents/children to look after no experience...... not put herself forward Struggle in this role/discipline, get pregnant, emotional, too risky, bitchy, can’t take a joke, never in the bar (threatens me, may be better than me, didn’t want to sleep with me, what’s her problem!) What are the issues?
and......... What are the issues? Society, biology,.......... Confidence Inner voice Give up now?! Scientist Smiley
What can we do? A lot Evaluate and celebrate success – role out role models Mentor schemes Do it your way – don’t give up Be a sister not a b****
What can we do? What is success – you decide Let people know and spread the word e.g. Biophysical Society mag profiles Royal Society booklet about successful women who are also mothers, Step up the mark Volunteer, nominate, initiate, subvert Evaluate and celebrate success – role out role models
free pdf from RS. Ottoline Leyser: Rosalind Franklin Award “Mothers in Science – 64 ways to have it all”
L’OREAL - UNESCO awards honouring women in science Subvert – do it your way
Mentor schemes What can we do? Join in, set up in work place and professional bodies network Give money for named lecture, fellowship, bursary, that favours females Tap in to existing organizations and expertise Step up to the mark volunteer
Mentor schemes What can we do? Join in, set up in work place and professional bodies network Tap in to existing organizations and expertise
Do it your way – don’t give up What can we do? One size doesn’t fit all Feel the fear – and do it anyway. (every now and then!) Illegitimi non carborundum Sisters are doing it for themselves
Be a sister not a bitch What can we do? Don’t perpetuate stereotypes, assumptions and prejudices Don’t pull the ladder up Don’t get jealous – it’s easier now, let them learn from their mistakes That could /should have been me, so not helping her
Thanks to all the good guys, female and male, helping world physiology by being fair