Track: Career Track
Women are a growing part of academia. However, the academic environment is still much more hostile for them compared to their male colleagues. Starting at school, girls are often discouraged to pursue scientific careers. The few women who manage to get a job in science often encounter difficulties to progress in their careers and are thus underrepresented at advanced career stages. In Ecology, papers authored by women have a lower acceptance rate and are less likely to be cited than papers written by men. Women also face additional challenges while working in the field. Despite these extra burdens, women have long been producing cutting-edge science, often without proper recognition. To make matters worse, gender biases may compound with other biases, such as those against people of color and immigrants. We believe the time is ripe for correcting centuries of injustice against female scientists, but in order to do that it is important to learn about the experiences of a variety of women in ecology from different generations, races, and countries in order to reflect on the current state of gender equality in ecology and to dismantle structures and practices that generate stereotypes and perpetuate gender inequalities in academia. We want to include women ecologists from different career stages to assess how the participation of women in ecology has changed and to understand if women are equally represented at advanced career stages. It is also important to learn from women of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds to understand the particularities of the challenges they have encountered. We hope this session will foster a dialogue between a variety of men and women ecologists with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to reduce exclusion and discrimination towards female scientists.
Presenting Author: Maria N. Miriti – The Ohio State University
Presenting Author: Alicia Mastretta-Yanes – CONACYT - Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad
Presenting Author: Ana Margarida C. Santos – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Presenting Author: Priyanga Amarasekare – University of California, Los Angeles