Closing gender gap in physics ‘will take generations’

A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in April 2018:

Our thanks to Nick for this piece by a woman on the BBC website. An extract:

The researchers said practical measures are already known that could help close the gap, including:

  • Reforming publishing [J4MB: Publishing more papers by women, regardless of merit.]
  • Ensuring women receive equal resources at work [J4MB: We have no idea what this means.]
  • Greater recognition of demands outside the workplace that traditionally fall on women when assessing achievements [J4MB: Lesser expectations of work output, exaggeration of women’s “achievements”.]
  • Better access to parental leave and career breaks [J4MB: Less time at work.]
  • Equal access to informal professional networks. [J4MB: Unmeasurable, and reeks of a baseless conspiracy theory.]

“The solutions are out there but it’s difficult to bring about change and get people to act on them,” said Dr Luke Holman, a five-star mangina.

“We haven’t acted on them enough because it’s difficult to change the way that people have always done things and it’s maybe not afforded as high a priority as it should be by people in positions of power in the scientific industry and academia.”

We may have added a few words there. The notion that not enough of a priority has been given to “solving” this non-existing “problem” is nonsensical. Athena SWAN programmes are being run in university STEM departments across the country, leading to women being given positions in preference to better-qualified and harder-working men.

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