If you were ever skeptical of the way we default to stereotypical gendered assumptions about who should be doing what and who loves what, this story about the shockwaves that ran through the community of science-lovers when it was revealed that the “I Fucking Love Science” (and, for those who are turned off by the “f-word”, “Science is Awesome”) blogger and Facebooker is a woman might change your mind. Her response over the shock: “Is this really 2013?”
A reader requested a discussion regarding do’s and don’t’s on how to handle prospective student visits, particularly regarding the recruitment of women. I’m afraid I don’t have much to say here myself beyond the obvious (give prospective women students the opportunity to connect with women in the program so that they can ask about them about the climate if they’d like to, don’t say sexist things that would make them uncomfortable, etc.) so I thought I would rather just open up discussion.
What’s worked well for others? What doesn’t work well? How should these things be handled?