School of Physics and Astronomy

SPA Bookshelf

SPA Bookshelf

We have accumulated a selection of book addressing the gender imbalance in physics which are available for members of the department to borrow. These books include

If you would like to borrow one of these titles, please contact Jeanne Wilson

News and gender-related studies

2015-07-08 Using this one word can damage your credibility

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2014-11-20 Ten Simple Rules to Achieve Conference Speaker Gender Balance Journal article by Jennifer L. Martin

2014-11-24 Not For People Like Me A report by Averil MacDonald, SEPNet launched with WISE that focuses on messages that work for girls in STEM.

2014-11-10 Why It's Crucial to Get More Women Into Science - National Geographic

2014-10-27 Why women leave academia Investigation of Chemistry PhD students discussed in the Guardian

2014-09-23 Disappointing percentage of women awarded Royal Society University Research Fellowships this year RS to investigate

2014-09-23 Emma Watson launches new UN HeForShe campaign for Gender Equality For more details see: HeForShe

2014-09-16 Study: Male scientists want to be involved dads, but few are Washington post article

2014-07-14 We Know Physics is Largely White and Male, But Exactly How White and Male is Still Striking Smithsonian article 

2014-05-30 Brightest girls' among physics A-level dropouts BBC article

2014-04-20: Guardian Higher Education Network Securing money for research is hard for everyone – but then there's the sexism

2014-03-08: International Women's Day. Look out for events in school on March 7th and in college on March 12th.

2014-02-06: Commons Select Committee report Women in Scientific Careers and two T.H.E. articles on the subject, 1, 2

Government Response to the above report.

2013-10-05: NY Times magazine article What Are There Still So Few Women in Science

2012-12-10: The Times on Top Roles in Universities and on Gender Equality in League Tables

2012-11-30: study on gender bias recently published in the Proceedings of the American National Academy of Sciences

2012-11-15: The Times on Gender bias

2012-11-07: The Guardian on Gender gap

2012-11-05: IoP study on Girls in physics

2012-10-30: The Guardian on Where are the women in universities?

2012-10 Gravitating towards physicsIoP Report

Publications of bias studies

I.Neill Reid, Gender-based Systematics in HST Proposal Selection

Moss-Racusin et al. (2012) “Science faculty subtle gender biases favour male students”

Pautasso (2013) “Focusing on publication quality would benefit all researchers”

European Commission (2012) “Structural change in research institutions: Enhancing excellence, gender equality and efficiency in research and innovation”

Nature (2012) “Nature’s sexism: The authors of this publication need to improve how we reflect women’s contributions to science. For this, we must inject an extra loop into our thinking”

Valian (1999) “Why so slow: The advancement of women”

Steele and Aronson (1995) “Stereotype threat and the intellectual test performance of African Americans”

Shih et al. (1999) “Stereotype susceptibility: Identity salience and shifts in qualitative performance”

Devine, Forscher, Austin, & Cox (2012) “Long term reduction in implicit race bias: A prejudice habit-breaking intervention”