What If Mother Scientists Didn't Have To Do Paperwork?
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What if mother scientists didn’t have to do paperwork?

Spanish researchers denounce the inequality in access to jobs and the obstacles to return to academic life after motherhood.

A woman in the laboratory

On the occasion of announcement of II CERU Emerging Talent Award, created by Foundation BankSantanderand the Society of Spanish Scientists of the United Kingdom (SRUK) –won by the researcher Xavier Moya-, met this Thursday at the Banco Santander Foundation four of the researchers with the best track record in Spain. Maria Jimenez, president of the SRUK, has pointed out that to promote labor equality between men and women it would be positive encourage the return to academic life of the woman after breaks like motherhood.

This scientist from King’s college London, who is researching Alzheimer’s disease, maintains also that it would be positive to allow a discharge of certain administrative tasks to women so they can focus in your research career during the years in which you are caring for the children. TOIn addition, Jiménez believes that it is necessary to introduce parity in committees, government bodies and all decision-making places. This, according to her, would favor diversity, leading to greater productivity and better decision making.

DFrom the Administration, one of the issues that needs to be improved is the scales applied for hiring. As confirmed by Ana Puy, director of the Women and Science Unit of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, it arisesn the idea of ​​changing the time that is analyzed in the working life of the candidates to obtain a position.

Currently, the last year is usually taken into account, so in many cases, women who have had a prolonged break in their career find it very difficult to re-enlist. From the UMYC they propose that the time to be analyzed be longer, such as the last five or ten years, or for example, a evaluation of the five best publications of each candidate.

ESpain, misclassified in equality

The World Economic Forum publishes each year a report on the global gender gap. Spain has lost four positions since the 2015 data was published, moving from 25th place in equality to 29th.

According to Maria Blasco, director of the National Cancer Research Center (CNIO)In Spain there is no strong legislation in this regard. Blasco affirms that in the organization that she directs, begin to apply measures to promote the equality sought, but that they are due to his initiative and not to a law that forces him.

Lhe head of the CNIO acknowledges that in research in the field of oncology, perhaps because the pioneers were women, there is a environment of greater equality which does not correspond to the situation in other areas.

“Men sell better”

Eva Hevia, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, has referred to the fact that men tend to have a better image of themselves that the women and they know how to sell themselves better in interviews. Hevia affirms too that while many women doubt whether or not to present themselves to certain calls, men find it much easier to be selected for any position.

So much so, that according to the protagonists of the symposium on women and science, many men they do not hesitate to present themselves to calls for which they do not meet all the requirements. Mientras Therefore, the female gender think about it more when applying for a position and they are even more reluctant in many cases to attempt to lead their own team of investigators.

According to a study published in the journal Science, From the age of 6, girls already begin to have the feeling that they should avoid making things more difficult due to stereotypes. In addition, the study maintains that intellectual brilliance is associated by the collective imagination with men more than with women.