Today (8th March) is International Woman’s Day.
This post celebrates the role that both male and female researchers play in STREVA (acting with and against ‘gender’ stereotype). It also pledges to run the project in a way that favours neither one gender nor the other; just good science.
We’ve spent a lot of this week analysing the outputs from our recent workshop, analysing volcanic risk on St. Vincent. We did something called a ‘paired comparison’ – and used these to assess both the relative ranking and degree of variance between respondents. One of the helpful aspects of these is that if we know something about our respondents we can look for any systematic differences between groups. It just so happens that we had an exact 50-50 split between male and female researchers on that trip. The plot below (modified from an output from Willy Aspinall) summarises the differences between those researchers (fairly evenly distributed in both cases across the various disciplines represented in STREVA).
In summary, not a great deal but there are still some interesting differences. Make of them what you will!
Finally, I guessed that STREVA is a gender-balanced project which is pretty good going. I thought. Here, however, are the numbers as submitted on our Je-S forms. Good, but could do better!
- Principle Investigators: Male 4; Female 2 (33% women)
- Co-Investigators: Male 8; Female 3 (27% women)
- PDRA/RA: Male 4; Female 5 (56% women)
- Project Partners (volcano observatories) Male 3; Female 3 (50% women)
- Project Partners (others) Male 5: Female 1 (17% women)
- KE Fellows: 2 female; 0 male. (100% women!)
Overall: 38% of those involved in STREVA are female. Interesting that I thought it was 50-50!
Another great legacy from the STREVA Project would be working together to ensure that those employed on temporary contracts (the PDRA and RA’s and one of the KE Fellows) move through to CoI and PI status preserving that 50-50 balance.
Let’s see what we can do to support that.