If you’re new to interrogating the impacts of gender in a community, check out the Life Science Cafe. We recently invited our first anthropologist into these community chats: Dr. Elias Capello (video recording of their talk to be uploaded shortly).
For a free-form workshop to rethink gender in science, check out the following resources from the Socially Just Science collective Gender Justice in Science workshop. Many of these sources must be consumed with a critical eye toward their binary view. There is still much work to be done to bring non-binary individuals into the conversation, but this is a place to start. To increase representation and inclusion of non-binary scientists, add your name to this petition.
Module 1: Language and Frameworks of Gender Oppression
As you read “Breaking through the Binary,” you might find it helpful to complete the Genderbread Person activity.
- Sam Killermann Breaking through the binary: Gender explained using continuums (graphic article, ~9 pages)
- Kansas Biological Survey (2020) Sex and gender diversity in biology (video, 40 min)
- Third Wave Fund Gender Justice (webpage)
- Barnard College for Research on Women (2018) http://bcrw.barnard.edu/feminism-gender-justice-and-trans-inclusion-web-resources/ (Blog post plus videos, 962 words)
- Dean Spade (2014) Why Do Trans Women Belong at Women’s Colleges? (video, 4.5 min)
- Dean Spade (2014) Why Do Trans Men + GNC People Belong at Women’s Colleges? (video, 1.5 min)
- SciShow (2019) There Are More Than Two Human Sexes (video, 13.5 min)
Module 2: Historical Contexts of Gender Oppression in Science
Try to place your work (and the sources you cite that have led to your research) within the four I’s of oppression venn diagram.
- Londa Schiebinger Women in Science: Historical Perspectives (chapter, 8 pages)
- Bedoor Alshebli et al. The association between early career informal mentorship in academic collaborations and junior author performance (retracted paper for problematic findings, 8 pages)
- Sara Reardon (2019) Science in Transition (commentary, 3 pages)
- Nicole Woitowich et al. (2020) A 10-year follow-up study of sex inclusion in the biological sciences (paper, 8 pages)
- Jedidah Isler (2015) The untapped genius that could change science for the better (TED Talk, 13.5 min)
- Chidera Ihejirika (2020) How Western colonisation brought unwanted binaries to Igbo culture (*explicit* commentary, 1956 words)
- BBC (2020) How colonialism killed my culture’s gender fluidity (video, 6.5 min)
- Kathleen Okruhlik Gender&BiologicalSciences (22 pages)
Module 3: Contemporary Gender Oppression in Science Environments
Complete this worksheet on Making STEM research more gender-just.
- Sari Van Anders – Mapping Out A Feminist Bioscience
- Adrienne Fairhall and Eve Marder (2020) Acknowledging female voices (commentary, 2 pages)
- Sam Long (2019) Gender Reveal interview of HS Bio Teacher Sam Long (podcast, 39.5 min)
- Ben Barres (2006) Does Gender Matter? (commentary, 4 pages)
- Rebecca Calisi et al. (2018) How to tackle the childcare–conference conundrum (commentary, 4 pages)
- Kathryn Clancy (2014) Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): Trainees Report Harassment and Assault (paper, 8 pages)
- Kathryn Clancy et al. (2020) Use science to stop sexual harassment in higher education (commentary, 5 pages)
- Eddie Johnson (2019) Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019 Bill text (Bill in U.S. House of Representatives, 9 sections)
To report sexual harassment at UMass Amherst, contact the Ombuds Office or Title IX and Sexual Harassment Policies (UMass). Katelyn Dreyer in the Dean of Students Office works specifically with graduate students and can provide support to you and your students when navigating difficulties. Use the support request link unless it is an emergency.
For mental health, clinical support, counseling, and assessment services (many local to the Western MA area) look through the following resources: