Did you know that 52% of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and medicine) fields report experiencing gender bias, while only 2% of men in STEM do?
My colleague, Priyanka Jadhav, and I recently wrote an article on how medical communicators can combat the gender bias in STEM, currently featured in AMWA Journal.
Of particular relevance to medical communications and medical writing, there are far fewer female authors, peer-reviewers, and journal editors in STEM fields than there are men. As these metrics are usually gateways to notoriety, funding, and career success, it is important to be aware of the discrepancies and to try to level the playing field when possible.
What can medical communicators do?
- Realize how and where gender bias exists in the relevant fields
- Make a concerted effort to search for and include more content from female scientists and healthcare providers
- Pass it on – educate and mentor colleagues on the issue
- Read our article for more detailed information
Please get in touch if you would like to talk more about this topic or make any related changes to your workflow.