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In the 1920s, the Institute for Sexual Research in Berlin was a haven for queer people, many of whom came to the institute seeking to express their identities without fear of being imprisoned. This undated photo depicts a costume party at the institute; its founder, Magnus Hirschfeld (second from right, in glasses), can be seen holding hands with his partner, Karl Giese (center).
Trans Medicine, 1919
German physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld founded a revolutionary clinic where transgender people could receive gender-affirming care, but he left behind a complicated medical and scientific legacy.
Trans Medicine, 1919
Trans Medicine, 1919

German physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld founded a revolutionary clinic where transgender people could receive gender-affirming care, but he left behind a complicated medical and scientific legacy.

German physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld founded a revolutionary clinic where transgender people could receive gender-affirming care, but he left behind a complicated medical and scientific legacy.

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Q&A: A Randomized Approach to Awarding Grants
Natalia Mesa | Feb 25, 2022 | 6 min read
Denmark’s Novo Nordisk Foundation says it hopes that adding a randomization step to its award process will reduce implicit biases in selection and lead to funding more innovative, impactful research.
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Q&A: Psych and Neuro Journals Primarily Edited by American Men
Dan Robitzski | Feb 24, 2022 | 5 min read
The Scientist spoke with University of California, San Francisco, neuroscientist Eleanor Palser about her study’s finding that women, especially those working outside the US, are underrepresented in some areas of academic publishing.
Push to Address Long-Standing Challenges for Parents in STEMM
Amanda Heidt | Jul 21, 2021 | 10 min read
The organizers behind a Mothers in Science conference say that it’s time academia provide more support to researchers who are pregnant or looking after children.
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NAS Considers Expulsion of Two Scientists for Sexual Harassment
Catherine Offord | Apr 14, 2021 | 3 min read
The National Academy of Sciences is reviewing complaints about astronomer Geoffrey Marcy and geneticist Francisco Ayala, who left their academic positions following investigations at their institutions.
Geneticist Drops Out of New Role After Allegations of Gender Bias
Catherine Offord | Apr 9, 2020 | 3 min read
Constantine Stratakis, who was due to lead an institute at McGill University Health Centre, was the subject of eight equal employment opportunity complaints at his last job at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
More Resignations at MeTooSTEM
Catherine Offord | Feb 25, 2020 | 3 min read
The embattled organization is left with only one member of the leadership—the group’s founder, BethAnn McLaughlin, who is accused of bullying.
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Scientists Report Stress, Bullying, and Harassment in New Survey
Amy Schleunes | Jan 15, 2020 | 2 min read
The results shed light on a research culture that encourages “unkind and aggressive conditions.”
Opinion: Can Prizes Help Women Shatter Science’s Glass Ceiling?
Marja Makarow | Oct 2, 2019 | 3 min read
As we await the announcement of the 2019 Nobel Prize winners, it’s time to question why female scientists still lag behind their male colleagues.
If members don’t explicitly believe gender discrimination exists, they allow implicit stereotypes to sway their decision-making, according to a new analysis of real-world hiring decisions.
Biased Evaluation Committees Promote Fewer Women
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 26, 2019 | 4 min read
If members don’t explicitly believe gender discrimination exists, they allow implicit stereotypes to sway their decision-making, according to a new analysis of real-world hiring decisions.
Harassment Common for National Institutes of Health Employees
Catherine Offord | Jun 13, 2019 | 2 min read
More than 20 percent of survey respondents said they had experienced some form of harassment within the last 12 months.
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Study Finds Gender Imbalances in First-Time NIH Awards
Shawna Williams | Mar 8, 2019 | 2 min read
Overall, men received more money on average, but R01s were an exception.
Only Women Speakers at Microbiome Conference
Ashley Yeager | Feb 26, 2019 | 2 min read
Event organizers are taking criticism for choosing to exclude men from giving talks.
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The Year in #MeToo
Shawna Williams | Dec 27, 2018 | 3 min read
2018 brought new revelations of sexual misconduct by high-profile scientists, as well as policy changes from funders and professional societies aimed at curbing bad behavior.
University of Arizona Chemistry Professor Sues over Discrimination
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 4, 2018 | 2 min read
Katrina Miranda, seeking class-action status, alleges that women professors are paid less and passed over for promotions and resources.
Gender Bias Dissected in eLife’s Peer Review
Viviane Callier | Sep 14, 2018 | 4 min read
The journal undertook a self-assessment, finding men have more success than women with all-male review panels.
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HHMI Professors Urge Professional Societies to Exclude Harassers
Shawna Williams | Sep 6, 2018 | 2 min read
A letter in Science garners dozens of signatures.
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Salk Gender-Discrimination Lawsuit to Go to Trial
Shawna Williams | Sep 4, 2018 | 1 min read
A judge throws out several of researcher Beverly Emerson’s claims, but the case proceeds.
Wellcome Sanger Institute Leaders Accused of Bullying
Jef Akst | Sep 4, 2018 | 2 min read
Several members of senior management at the prestigious UK research center face claims of sexism and mistreatment of staff.
To Highlight Gender Gaps, Scientists Decline Opportunities
Diana Kwon | Aug 24, 2018 | 3 min read
Activists are protesting imbalanced conferences, editorial boards, and other professional activities by refusing to join.
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