Help women stay in science

Add your thoughts to the growing discussion on the role men should play in helping women stay in science

Laura L. Mays Hoopes
Sep 26, 2007
Editor's Note: In this piece, which will run in the January issue of The Scientist, Laura L. Mays Hoopes outlines suggestions for helping men help women scientists. Hoopes is a writer and the Halstead-Bent Professor of Biology and Molecular Biology at Pomona College. We're publishing the article early to spark discussion online of gender bias in science. Please suggest other things men can do to level the playing field by clicking here. We'll publish the best comments in print along with the article. 1. Call a woman scientist from time to time, to chat about science, a recent breakthrough, your puzzling results, their puzzling results. Even better, call one once a week.2. Every time you have to recommend a scientist to speak at your seminar series, replace "young man" in your thoughts with "young woman" or even "old woman." 3. If you're on a hiring or tenure committee, don't...