Relationship of Gender Differences in Preferences to Economic Development
What contributes to gender-associated differences in preferences such as the willingness to take risks, patience, altruism, positive and negative reciprocity, and trust? Falk and Hermle studied 80,000 individuals in 76 countries who participated in a Global Preference Survey and compared the data with country-level variables. They observed that the more that women have equal opportunities, the more they differ from men in their preferences.
A statement by the High Energy Physics Community about a talk given at CERN by Alessandro Strumia, a well-known particle theorist who is a Professor of Physics at the University of Pisa and a current associate of the theory department at CERN. He argued that the primary explanation for the discrepancies between men and women in theoretical physics is that women are inherently less capable.
The Swiss Science Council reports that according to recent statistics, the gender gap in the technical sciences and engineering fields is still disproportionately high in Europe and North America. European countries with high-income have a surprisingly low proportion of female engineers in research and industry, in comparison to developing countries like Eastern Europe, Central and South Asia and Latin America.
Gender and International Diversity Improves Equity in Peer Review
The acceptance rate for eLife manuscripts with male last authors was significantly higher than for female last authors, and this gender inequity was greatest when the team of reviewers was all male; mixed-gender gatekeeper teams lead to more equitable peer review outcomes.
Guest Post: Challenges for Academics in the Global South - Resource Constraints, Institutional Issues, and Infrastructural Problems
For social science and humanities researchers in many parts of the world there are significant barriers to conducting and sharing research, in some cases more so than for science and medicine. In this guest post, Dr. Naveen Minai provides a perspective as a gender studies researcher in Pakistan.
Bell Burnell: Physics Star Gives Away GBP2.3M Prize
One of the UK's leading female astronomers is to donate her GBP2.3M winnings from a major science prize she was awarded. The sum will go to fund women, under-represented ethnic minority and refugee students to become physics researchers.