About STEM Feminist

CONTACT

Welcome! If you’d like to get in touch with us, please email stemfeminist [at] gmail [dot] com.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Everyday Sexism in STEM project has been created to provide a platform for women in STEM to document the instances of sexism that they face everyday. This is a forum where all stories are welcome, from the most outrageous displays of gender discrimination to the most subtle and normalized. It is our hope that documenting these stories will expose the myth that sexism in STEM is uncommon and will provide the women who experience it with a sense of community. By sharing here, you will provide evidence that gender bias is real and ubiquitous, you will let other women know they are not alone or isolated in their experiences, and you will establish that it is okay to talk about it.

When you submit a story on this page it will be emailed to the administrators, who will check only that it is not spam before posting it to the page. We will receive only the information about you that you choose to include. It is our hope to use these stories in climate and diversity workshops to provide concrete examples of sexism in the STEM community. If you do not want your story to be used, please feel free to indicate this by checking the appropriate box.

This project was inspired by but is unaffiliated with The Everyday Sexism project.

2 comments

  1. Early in graduate school, I made the decision to report to the program director that a male classmate had repeatedly leered at another female classmate, made comments about her physical appearance and about his assessment of her willingness to “get it on”. I pointed out that it would likely be problematic if he continued this behavior as he moved into positions which put him into more contact with students, etc. The director acted mildly concerned and then said he would think about how to address it. To my knowledge, nothing was done, and the behavior certainly continued. Several years later, the classmate had a serious sexual harassment charge made against him, which made it difficult for him to progress to the next step in his career. The university created a position for him rather than allowing him to fail. Contrast that with another (equally bright or brighter) female classmate, who when she was struggling with anxiety and depression, was pressured by multiple (male) faculty members to “examine whether she could continue” and ultimately dropped out. I suppose boys will be boys?

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