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Jonathan B. Marder MARDER at agri.huji.ac.il
Mon Aug 2 10:54:12 EST 1993

In article <23e2opINN1q9 at MINERVA.CIS.YALE.EDU> smith-una at yale.edu (Una Smith) writes:
>...  Yes, women-in-bio is useful in that it lets
>women see that other women, and men, face the same problems as they do.
>But that's a pretty minor utility for a potentially powerful global tool.
>I would consider it a wasted opportunity if I went to an international
>scientific meeting and all anyone would talk about was how life is unfair.

This is newsgroup is unique in bionet in that the Subject is *scientists*
rather than *science*.  I think it is useful for both women and men
starting out in research (clearly a large component of the readership) to
learn from the experiences of their seniors.

As regards the specifically "women-in-bio" issues, I (as a male) recognise
that there *is* an enormous imbalance in the international community of
scientists. Judging from the contributions of the women who *do*
participate, we are clearly missing out in a big way (This goes for the
newsgroups too) and I think the scientific community can only gain by
making itself more comfortable for women in order to recruit more women
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