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Gender Bias in Academia: A Lifetime Problem That Needs Solutions

UCD-ITS-RP-21-36

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Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS)

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Llorens, Anaïs, Athina Tzovara, Ludovic Bellier, Ilina Bhaya-Grossman, Aurélie Bidet-Caulet, William Chang, Zachariah Cross, Rosa Dominguez-Faus, Adeen Flinker, Yvonne Fonken, Mark Gorenstein, Chris Holdgraf, Colin Hoy, Maria Ivanova, Richard Jimenez, Soyeon Jun, Julia Kam, Celeste Kidd, Enitan Marcelle, Deborah Marciano, Stephanie Martin, Nicholas Myers, Karita Ojala, Anat Perry, Pedro Pinheiro-Chagas, Stephanie Riès, Ignacio Saez, Ivan Skelin, Katarina Slama, Brooke Staveland, Danielle S. Bassett, Elizabeth A. Buffalo, Adrienne L. Fairhall, Nancy J. Kopell, Laura J. Kray, Jack J. Lin, Anna C. Nobre, Dylan Riley, Anne-Kristin Solbakk, Joni D. Wallis, Xiao-Jing Wang, Shlomit Yuval-Greenberg, Sabine Kastner, Robert T. Knight, Nina F. Dronkers (2021) Gender Bias in Academia: A Lifetime Problem That Needs Solutions. Neuron 109 (13), 2047 - 2074

Despite increased awareness of the lack of gender equity in academia and a growing number of initiatives to address issues of diversity, change is slow, and inequalities remain. A major source of inequity is gender bias, which has a substantial negative impact on the careers, work-life balance, and mental health of underrepresented groups in science. Here, we argue that gender bias is not a single problem but manifests as a collection of distinct issues that impact researchers’ lives. We disentangle these facets and propose concrete solutions that can be adopted by individuals, academic institutions, and society.

Key words: gender bias, academia, diversity, inequalities