Gender bias in academia: A lifetime problem that needs solutions

Anaïs Llorens, Athina Tzovara, Ludovic Bellier, Ilina Bhaya-Grossman, Aurélie Bidet-Caulet, William K. Chang, Zachariah R. Cross, Rosa Dominguez-Faus, Adeen Flinker, Yvonne Fonken, Mark A. Gorenstein, Chris Holdgraf, Colin W. Hoy, Maria V. Ivanova, Richard T. Jimenez, Soyeon Jun, Julia W.Y. Kam, Celeste Kidd, Enitan Marcelle, Deborah MarcianoStephanie Martin, Nicholas E. Myers, Karita Ojala, Anat Perry, Pedro Pinheiro-Chagas, Stephanie K. 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

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2047-2074
Number of pages28
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 7 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Neuroscience


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