#EachforEqual – taking responsibility for gender inequality starts with recognising the many

For International Women’s Day, we asked Sarah Dalrymple about her personal experiences as a woman in ecology and her views on what is required to help reach gender equality. This year’s theme is #EachforEqual. Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology at Liverpool John Moores University and sits on the Advisory Board for Applied Ecology Resources. She is also an Associate Editor for the … Continue reading #EachforEqual – taking responsibility for gender inequality starts with recognising the many

The bumpy road to success in academia: a personal account of deviating from the straight path and succeeding anyway 

Considering International Women’s Day (Sunday 08 March 2020) and #EachforEqual, Associate Editor Mentee, Maria Paniw shares her story in academia, and why we shouldn’t fear the road less travelled in our careers. Anyone who has recently opened Twitter or read the news may well conclude that the academic job market is broken and dire, especially for women. I certainly get my daily dose of gloom reading … Continue reading The bumpy road to success in academia: a personal account of deviating from the straight path and succeeding anyway 

Balance for Better: more initiatives and action plans

We’ve had a great response to our series celebrating initiatives that support #BalanceforBetter and gender equality. Here are some additional projects our Editorial Board are keen for you to know about. Pride Lion Conservation Alliance Amy Dickman I am a founding member of the Pride Lion Conservation Alliance which is a group of six leading women who run effective, grassroots lion conservation projects. We formed … Continue reading Balance for Better: more initiatives and action plans

Balance for Better: Project Biodiversify

As part of International Women’s Day’s #BalanceforBetter campaign, we’re sharing a series of initiatives that promote gender balance in science and academia. Now Dr. Marjorie Weber and Associate Editor, Lars Brudvig share the online repository of teaching materials, Project Biodiversify. Marjorie: Project Biodiversify is an online repository of teaching materials and methods aimed at increasing the diversity of biologists highlighted in lectures, humanizing biologists and … Continue reading Balance for Better: Project Biodiversify

Balance for Better: DiversifyEEB

To celebrate the 2019 theme for International Women’s Day, #BalanceforBetter, we invited our Editorial Board to nominate and discuss the initiatives they feel support gender balance in science and academia. Kicking things off, several of our editors drew our attention to the directory, DiversifyEEB, which aims to highlight ‘ecologists and evolutionary biologists who are women and/or underrepresented minorities’. Journal Associate Editor, Cate McInnis-Ng and Senior … Continue reading Balance for Better: DiversifyEEB

International Women’s Day 2017: advice for aspiring ecologists

For the last of our series of blog posts for International Women’s Day our Associate Editors give their advice for female students or early career researchers looking to make a career in ecology. Nathalie Butt – Unfortunately, it is still very much the case that it is not what you know, but who you know, so be strategic with who you work with/where you work. … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2017: advice for aspiring ecologists

International Women’s Day 2017: improvements towards gender equality in science

In the third of our posts in our series of blog posts for International Women’s Day we asked our Associate Editors about improvements they are seeing towards gender equality, new initiatives and any institution, department or person who deserves specific praise in this area. Nathalie Butt – I have seen big increases in awareness of, and talk about, gender equality issues in recent years, and … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2017: improvements towards gender equality in science

International Women’s Day 2017: barriers to entering science

Continuing our series of blog posts for International Women’s Day, our Associate Editors discuss barriers to women entering STEM fields and what we need to do to improve gender equality. Nathalie Butt – In terms of barriers to women, there are some fairly subtle ones, such as the general feeling that it is better to travel widely (e.g. degree in one place, PhD in another, … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2017: barriers to entering science

International Women’s Day 2017: pursuing a career in science

Wednesday 8 March 2017 is International Women’s Day, a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange. This recognises the need to challenge bias and inequality, celebrate women’s achievements, champion women’s education and more. From encouraging more girls into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and careers to showcasing … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2017: pursuing a career in science