Implicit gender bias: Overriding the mental shortcuts holding back women in STEM

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Katie Compton, Science Policy and Politics editor Picture an engineer. Now picture a scientist. What images did you see? What do these people you envisioned look like? Maybe you imagined a person working in a lab, or someone out in the field. Perhaps you saw a person at a podium giving a talk at a […]

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Making STEM inclusive for all women

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Maria Giammarco, Science and Society editor International Women’s Day is a day of optimism and empowerment, marked by the celebration of women’s achievements and acknowledgement of progress on gender equality. It is also an opportunity to reflect on what we need to do to continue to advance gender equality – and include all women when […]

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Canadian Women In STEM Conference: How do we keep women in STEM?

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Farah Qaiser, Policy & Politics co-editor Throughout 2017, gender, diversity and inclusivity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields has been a contentious topic. The Naylor Report marked it as an issue that needs immediate attention in academic circles, and this year’s male-dominated Nobel prizes, followed extensively in the news, underscored the problem. The […]

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A formidable woman takes her place in Canadian chemistry: Interview with Dr. Katherine Elvira

Connie Tang, Chemistry co-editor Dr. Katherine Elvira is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Victoria (UVic) in British Columbia. She first discovered her passion for analytical chemistry as an undergraduate student, but had to overcome the challenges of being a female researcher in a male-dominated discipline to realize her […]

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Elizabeth Arden: More than just a beauty maven

Connie Tang, Chemistry co-editor Elizabeth Arden is an international beauty and cosmetics brand that was founded in 1910. The titular woman wore many hats: successful entrepreneur, businesswoman, public figure, and beauty pioneer. I have another title for her: undercover chemist. She parlayed her interest in burn salves, acquired during her stint at nursing school, into […]

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