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nishir at ohsu.edu nishir at ohsu.edu
Wed Aug 4 18:54:04 EST 1993

BOULET") writes:
>What I mean is:  isn't it more productive to "not notice the sex ratio" or
>> any ratio for that matter?
>> I believe that paper selection, job selection should be based on merits
>> regardless of background, name, gender, ethnic, or cultural background.
>> To clarify what I'm suggesting further, selection processes should be a
>> blind process in which quality and contribution are emphasized over an
>> individuals "prominence."  If only 3 people of one particular background
>> present (i.e. gender-male or female) out of 30 presentations than so be
it-as long as quality papers are chosen. 
>>Adam Porth
>Idaho State University
>Campus Box 8007
>Pocatello, ID  83209

The problem, Adam, is that when these lists of speakers are drawn up, somehow
<women> do not come up first on the list.  The only thing I figure is that the
organizers, especially if they're male, somehow "overlook" women scientists who
have published equally good work in their field.  A prime example is a
neuroscience research institute at my university who managed to schedule weekly
seminar speakers for two years in a row without inviting a single woman to
speak.  In response to this, I drew up a long (>30) list of women
neuroscientists who all had tenure and had published articles in high profile
journals within the past 2 years.  The number of women invited to speak has
gone up (any increase over 0 is significant here).  How do you get around this
"forgetfulness" on the part of organizers?  Also, my impression is that a woman
scientist must still be multiple times better in order to be considered on the
same footing as many of their male counterparts... 

Rae Nishi
Portland OR

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