As a writer, I have been thinking about preferred gender pronouns (PGPs) and the best way to reference an individual within an article without using a name every time. PGPs are third-person singular pronouns like he/she, which assume the subject's gender. Should I always pick gender-neutral pronouns? Or maybe I should ask an interviewee what pronoun they prefer as part of the standard interview process?
You can read my latest career insights article "Beyond the Bench: Taking Your Career to the Next Level" in the October 2014 issue of Lab Manager Magazine. The article features practical advice from three ambitious science professionals on how to keep your career moving forward and upward.
MinorityPostdoc.org is accepting CVs from PhDs who belong to underrepresented groups within the STEM disciplines. The CVs will be compiled in their annual Doctoral Directory, which is shared with institutional subscribers who look to the list to promote diversity in their workforce.
Here's my two cents on the issue of equal pay in the US workforce—actually, that would be my 1.54 cents based on my gender and the fact that women still earn only 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. In June 2013, the Association for Women in Science ran a series of blog posts in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, emphasizing that women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) earn on average 14% less than men in the same disciplines. Although pay for women has improved since enactment of the Equal Pay Act, it is far from equal pay for equal work.
Do women's networks actually help women succeed in a company or do they just function to let HR check the diversity box? The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) LinkedIn group discussed a Harvard Business Review opinion article on this topic written by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, founder of the largest professional women's network in Europe. Read the AWIS blog post "How to Make Women's Networks Succeed" to see what women in STEM think about the use of women's networks to promote gender equality at work and support the advancement of women into leadership positions.