Academia needs to confront sexism

By a postdoc who persisted, July 2017, Science

The article denunciates sexism in biology labs among graduate students and both female and male supervisors. The author chose to stay anonymous for fear of unfavorable repercussions on her career. This postdoc criticizes the assignment of less wanted tasks to her because of gender bias and the passive attitudes of her co-workers – especially males, who would legitimize sexist behaviors and justify them by attributing them to a lack of hard work and ability to choose good collaborators. Lastly, the author accuses the university for not providing effective institutional help to fight against sexism in labs – particularly for postdocs. As a result, she decided to take action and focus on the empowerment of postdocs and postdoc offices to condemn discriminative behaviors.