One of my European colleagues has just relayed to me a description of an all-male search committee meeting he recently attended. With his permission, I relate some of the more amazing things he reported:
- One committee member remarked that he was glad a particular female candidate included her photo on her CV because it was good to know that she is ugly, so he didn't have to have any qualms about disregarding her application.
- A committee member grumbled about how applications from Americans did not include information about marital status even though this information is important in the job search.
- A committee member said that women can be in 'soft' types of science disciplines but certainly nothing hard, and that is why there are so few women in the physical sciences and why the committee didn't need to justify not interviewing any.
Certainly there are some members of this committee who are not outright hostile to women scientists, but I think a woman would have to be Marie Curie to get an interview at that place, and maybe not even then, depending on whether committee members found her sufficiently attractive.
5 months ago