Women in Physics Resources

Here are a selection of things that we think you might find interesting, from interviews with women in physics to web pages and YouTube videos.
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Q&A with Dr Sneha Malde
Sneha is a postdoctoral researcher in particle physics at Oxford, and holder of the Royal Society's Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship. We asked her about her career and aspirations, her fellowship and how she balances a busy work life with her family.

A profile of Prof Jayanne English
Jayanne is a professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba (UM) and a visiting professor in Oxford with an extraordinary artistic flair. Here she is in her own words, talking about what she does and how she developed into the artist and scientist she is today.

An interview with one of our previous Presidents, Rebecca Bowler.
Becca is a post-doctoral researcher in astronomy. We caught up with her the other day to learn a bit more about her work and what makes her tick.

Athene Donald
A forefront proponent of women in science, Athene Donald has provided many interesting and useful resources. Here is a report on Science and Gender in Academia – Obstacles and Interventions. Or you can hear her speak in this video on Saving science: Prejudice, Stereotypes and Women in Science.

Reflections on being a woman in Physics
One of the departments 1963 alumni, Pamela Davies reflects on her life as a physicist following a return visit to the department, and how values and attitudes have changed in the intervening years. Here is her essay Fundamentally different? Reflections on being a woman physicist.

Gender in Physics
Here is a special collection of papers highlighting the current state of the field of physics education research as it relates to gender in physics, as featured in Physical Review Physics Education Research in August 2016.

Asking gender questions
Are the voices of women being heard? Anecdotes are all very well, but it's important to check out the facts. A group of researchers investigated whether women speak up at conferences, and found that even at a conference with 28% women attendees, only 18% of questions asked were posed by women. The full study can be found here.

Five biases pushing women out of STEM
Research suggests that bias, not pipeline issues or personal choices, pushes women out of STEM subjects. In this article, the Harvard Business Review explains five different types of bias and how they might be to blame.

Many studies have shown that there is a gender disparity at conferences. This study in Nature of one conference shows that, even though roughly the same number of men and women attended and presented at the conference, women spoke for less time and were also less inclined to ask for longer slots for their talks.

Interviews with Women in Science at the University of Oxford
In 2014/2015, Oxford University interviewed 39 women scientists, all working at Oxford. The aim of the project was to provide support to women making career decisions, by offering them the opportunity to explore a broad range of experiences shared by other women through video interviews. The women talked about many issues, including the culture of science, publishing, obtaining fellowship funding, having a mentor and Athena SWAN. This project focussed mainly on women working in the Medical Sciences Division, but there are insights here for women in physics too.

Interviews with physicists at Fermilab
Of course there are women in physics all around the world! Here you can meet some of the women in physics at Fermilab in short video interviews.

Physics at school
Although even numbers of girls and boys take physics at GCSE, the gender imbalance is clear in physics education post-16. This IOP report examines the possible reasons in a variety of environments.