Clancy et al., Title IX and Social Media
Changing perceptions of the challenges faced by
#WomenInSTEM
Dawn Bazely, Biology...
A 2013 Council of Ontario Universities Invited
Sustainability Symposium at YorkU was 100% male
I emailed & spoke with the ...
What’s going on?
• Women in STEM advocacy
isn’t new
• in1970s-90s policy aimed to
increase female intake to
STEM programme...
What’s going on?
the policies didn’t bring the expected results of more
women at all STEM levels (a reversal of leaky pipe...
–Mildred Dresselhaus, physicist, MIT, b.1930
Reflections of a woman pioneer, by Vijaysree Venkataraman, Nov. 11, 2014,
Scie...
Why did the project to increase
intake fail to shift cultural norms?
A. Research from the Social Sciences has
demonstrated...
What’s going on?
Published: July 16, 2014
http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0102172
The infamous results…
• internet survey of 666 field scientists (anthropology to agriculture)
• codes of conduct & sexual h...
Plus ça change, plus c'est la
même chose, but…
1. The focus of activism by women in STEM has
changed from increasing intak...
Title IX: United States Education
Amendments of 1972, Public Law No.
92‑318, 86 Stat. 235
• a US federal law that prohibit...
Title IX
was used to equalize
funding for varsity sports
men’s teams were getting all
the money
Title IX
• the recent sexual harassment scandals have both
used Title IX (campus offices), and also exposed the
weakness of...
The Social Media Game-Changer
• creates the critical
mass of women in
STEM and allies
imagined by Mildred
Dresselhaus
• ov...
Thank you to Kate McPherson
TAKE HOMES
1. The focus of activism by women in STEM has
changed from increasing intake to the pipeline, to
increasing ret...
My SWEEET 2016 deck: How Kate Clancy and colleagues' PLOS study and the USA's Title IX Legislation has brought the issue o...
My SWEEET 2016 deck: How Kate Clancy and colleagues' PLOS study and the USA's Title IX Legislation has brought the issue o...
My SWEEET 2016 deck: How Kate Clancy and colleagues' PLOS study and the USA's Title IX Legislation has brought the issue o...
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My SWEEET 2016 deck: How Kate Clancy and colleagues' PLOS study and the USA's Title IX Legislation has brought the issue of sexual harassment of Women in STEM to the fore​

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I was one of the organizers of the Symposium for Women Entering Ecology & Evolution Today, which has been held in association with the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution summer meeting.
http://sweeetecoevo.weebly.com/

This year: http://sweeetecoevo.weebly.com/sweeet-2016.html
"Gender diversity policy: the progress, the promise, and the challenges ahead
Thursday, July 7th 2016
Symposium: 9 am-1 pm
Location: Memorial University, St. John's, NL
Education Building, Room ED-1014

Everyone attending the CSEE 2016: 'From windswept land to spindrift swirl' is welcome and encouraged to participate in SWEEET.

Our 2016 theme is "Gender diversity policy: the progress, the promise, and the challenges ahead." Continuing with the tradition of accounts of successful women in ecology and evolution, we will have a series of prominent scientists speaking about progress in developing awareness of the science of gender equity. The goal is to impart support and knowledge about achieving gender equity to scientists-in-training through the sharing of information and networking opportunities.

We have designed the symposium to include time to discuss the material in the presentations in the form of a panel discussion that will include Kathy Martin (UBC) and Jeremy Kerr (UOttawa).

Our intended audience for this workshop includes post-secondary students working towards a career in science, post-doctoral fellows, and pre-tenure level faculty. The focus will be on creating opportunities and networking for women, but people of any gender are welcome to attend any part of the symposium."

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My SWEEET 2016 deck: How Kate Clancy and colleagues' PLOS study and the USA's Title IX Legislation has brought the issue of sexual harassment of Women in STEM to the fore​

  1. 1. Clancy et al., Title IX and Social Media Changing perceptions of the challenges faced by #WomenInSTEM Dawn Bazely, Biology, YorkU with huge thanks to Prof Kate McPherson, History/Women’s & Gender Studies & Equity, YorkU Welcome MUN Sexual Harassment advisor, Rhonda Shortfall
  2. 2. A 2013 Council of Ontario Universities Invited Sustainability Symposium at YorkU was 100% male I emailed & spoke with the Ontario Research Chair organizers, and speakers about the unacceptability of this 2015, they did it again (above)
  3. 3. What’s going on? • Women in STEM advocacy isn’t new • in1970s-90s policy aimed to increase female intake to STEM programmes • science was gendered as being male,and simply needed to switch to being gender neutral
  4. 4. What’s going on? the policies didn’t bring the expected results of more women at all STEM levels (a reversal of leaky pipeline)
  5. 5. –Mildred Dresselhaus, physicist, MIT, b.1930 Reflections of a woman pioneer, by Vijaysree Venkataraman, Nov. 11, 2014, Science “Q: Are there hidden barriers to women’s advancement? A: Yes. I was a great believer in the idea of a critical mass of female students. With a minimum of 15% in each class, I thought the lack of isolation would be enough. The guys would get it and everything would change automatically. In the 1980s, we were coasting toward these numbers. At the faculty level, men and women seemed to have equal chance of attaining tenure. In 1984, I became president of the American Physical Society and focused less on these women’s liberation-related issues. I genuinely believed I had done something towards bringing us closer to parity in over 15 years. A decade later, Nancy Hopkins initiated her eye-opening study on the status of women at MIT. The data on pay scales, lab space, and other resources allotted to women showed how wrong I was. I thought numbers alone could stimulate a change in attitudes. Nancy said that we’d have to beat on these guys to change things..”
  6. 6. Why did the project to increase intake fail to shift cultural norms? A. Research from the Social Sciences has demonstrated the systemic impacts of implicit or unconscious bias. B. Social media has led to increasing awareness that… … STEM #BoysWithToys can be sexual harassers, just like in every other segment of society … Clancy et al. 2014
  7. 7. What’s going on? Published: July 16, 2014 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0102172
  8. 8. The infamous results… • internet survey of 666 field scientists (anthropology to agriculture) • codes of conduct & sexual harassment policies weren’t regularly encountered • 72% had observed or been told about inappropriate remarks/ behaviours • 64% had experienced sexual harassment (verbal) • 21.7% had experienced sexual assault • were discussed in the New York Times, and in journal clubs across the world • Clancy et al. crystallized a watershed moment…
  9. 9. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose, but… 1. The focus of activism by women in STEM has changed from increasing intake to the pipeline, to increasing retention. 2. Title IX, old USA legislation, is being used in new ways. 3. Social Media is game-changing in connecting previously isolated Women in STEM activists and their allies.
  10. 10. Title IX: United States Education Amendments of 1972, Public Law No. 92‑318, 86 Stat. 235 • a US federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. • “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
  11. 11. Title IX was used to equalize funding for varsity sports men’s teams were getting all the money
  12. 12. Title IX • the recent sexual harassment scandals have both used Title IX (campus offices), and also exposed the weakness of existing harassment reporting protocols • while Title IX remains in force, US institutions are clearly nervous about the funding implications of not taking action against sexual harassers with tenure • but, despite Title IX, tenure, fame, huge research grants, and the whiff of Nobel prizes, still place a terrible burden on the victims of harassment
  13. 13. The Social Media Game-Changer • creates the critical mass of women in STEM and allies imagined by Mildred Dresselhaus • overcomes isolation • allows networking and the sharing of stories
  14. 14. Thank you to Kate McPherson
  15. 15. TAKE HOMES 1. The focus of activism by women in STEM has changed from increasing intake to the pipeline, to increasing retention (Clancy et al. address this) 2. Title IX, old USA legislation, is being used in new ways to address sexual harassment of Women in STEM by senior male faculty 3. Social Media is connecting previously isolated Women in STEM and their allies.

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