“Women in Academia” series on PhD Life

In March we will be publishing posts from our Women in Academia series….

We are quite excited about March here on PhD Life blog as we will be running “Women in Academia” series of post. Is this really something we still need to talk and write about in 2016?

Yes, we feel it is.

It was not that long ago that Dr Tim Hunt called for gender-segregated labs and I believe that a lot of women in academia face such views from their colleagues. For many of them this might be one of the reasons for ultimately leaving academia for good. Those that stay, according to some studies, need to do more work to be competitive with their male colleagues, and when employed might earn less or receive negative feedback more often, due to their gender.

Yes, we feel we should continue talking and writing about this.


If male scientists were written about like female scientists? (Image credits: @Daurmith)


In the next month we will be publishing posts related to this topic and we would love to hear from you too, either in a form of a post, comment or tweet.

Before starting our own series, I would like to share some of the academia-related blogs I frequently read.

  1. Language: A feminist guide

Listing this one first might be motivated by linguistic inclination, but language is something we should all think and talk about more. Deborah Cameron writes great posts on language and gender and debunks many language-related myths. Definitely worth a read.

  1. Tenure, she wrote

An interesting collaborative blog, covering the professional journey of women in academia, from undergraduate degrees to a tenure. Especially recommended if you would like to learn more about US academia.

  1. Curt Rice – Science in balance

Curt is the rector of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences but also the head of Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research, and he blogs on gender equality, leadership and open access.

  1. Daily Life of a PhD

Megan is PhD student in genetics, blogging about her everyday PhD life and sharing how she balances writing her thesis, lab experiments and outreach work. And she runs and bakes on the top of that!

The list goes on and there are many more engaging authors writing about gender equality in academia.

Have you read any interesting articles recently? 🙂


Ana Kedveš  (@anakedves)

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