Interviewing and Writing About Scientists (Who Happen to be Female)

A great piece in University Affairs written by Jessica Riddell on sexist interviews and profiles written about female scientists in media and an effective and kind rebuttal directed at interviewers. I for one am really tired of profiles that focus on looks or marital/family status when female scientists are interviewed. I don’t need to hear about perky personalities or long flowing locks when reading about science.

This happens so often that there is a method called the Finkbeiner Test to establish whether your piece of journalism written about female scientists is inappropriately gendered.

A clever way to drive this point home was the hilarious use of Twitter last week to write about famous male scientists through this strange gendered lense. A summary article from Buzzfeed, “If Male Scientists Were Written About Like Female Scientists”, includes a few great examples.




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