Tuesday, 25 March 2008

The appearance of women in science

Research released at the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC) at their annual conference concluded that the media do a disservice to women, frequently paying unnecessarily close attention to what they are wearing. Author of the study, Professor Jenny Kitzinger (Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies) is quoted by THES as saying, '"Journalists write as if there is a fundamental oxymoron between being a scientist and being a woman"', she concludes that 'the failure to take them seriously, the trivialisation of their work and the perpetuation of sexist stereotypes could harm their career progress'.


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