In today’s Dispatch: the shocking state of gender parity in science; TIME magazine names record number of women in list of world’s most influential people; women in Saudi Arabia teach each other how to drive to avoid overcharging; and a video of a woman arrested by the ‘morality police’ in Iran causes controversy.
Shocking stats highlight lack of gender parity in science
A new analysis of 10 million research papers found a “persistent dominance of male writers”, with men “particularly monopolising the senior author credits in big-name journals”.
“Despite recent progress, the gender gap appears likely to persist for generations,” the team writes. “The gender gap will not close without further reforms in education, mentoring and academic publishing.”
And while progress towards gender parity was happening in areas such as nursing and midwifery, other areas would not reach parity for “decades or even centuries”.
The study’s authors say that “reforms to academic publishing and peer review, better parental leave and affirmative action during recruitment” would help move towards parity – but that progress could still be slow.
Read more at Times Higher Education.
TIME magazine names record number of women in list of world’s most influential people
2018’s list contains 40 women – including New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, activist and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, rapper Cardi B, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and actor Meghan Markle.
Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown is the youngest person to ever feature on the list, aged just 14.
TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said that the list is “a reflection of its moment”, and that the increased presence of women indicates that women are “leading out loud, and inspiring others to do the same”.
Read more at here.
Women in Saudi Arabia teach each other how to drive to avoid overcharging
Women will finally be able to drive in Saudi Arabia in June – and many women are gearing up for the change in law, signing up for driving lessons.
But many women in the country noticed that lessons cost six times more for women than men; lessons that cost £100 for men could cost as much as £1,200 for women.
So Saudi women took the problem into their own hands – by offering each other lessons for free. “Are there any volunteers who are ready to train others to drive for free?” one woman wrote on Twitter, prompting a hashtag, #iam_ready_to_train_you, where experienced drivers could offer lessons to affordable learners.
“I’m ready to train in Riyadh,” one woman wrote. “With moral support for every girl who feels intimidated by driving or has any kind of phobia from driving in the streets. We help and we support. No for exploitation and no waiting lists.”
Read more at ELLE.
Video of a woman arrested by the ‘morality police’ in Iran causes controversy
This woman is savegly beaten up by morality police as punishment for her insufficient hijab. Shame on you— masih alinejad (@AlinejadMasih) April 18, 2018
كتك زدن وحشيانه دختر توسط ماموران گشت ارشاد، دختر بي حال به زمين افتاد. #دوربين_ما_اسلحه_ما براي افشاي اين وحشي ها ، فيلم در #چهارشنبه_های_سفید تلگرامم pic.twitter.com/ZqJwdHY9T8
Footage of a woman being arrested by the ‘morality police’ in Iran has caused outrage after being leaked online.
The woman was allegedly tackled to the ground because her hijab was “too loose”; the video shows her being pushed to the ground and her face being slapped while she screams at the officer to let her go.
The enforcement of the garment is a hotly debated topic in the country. Several years ago, men in Iran began taking selfies of themselves in hijabs with female relatives and friends with their heads uncovered to protest the use of force against women by the morality police.
“How could this treatment be justified?” wrote Masoumeh Ebtekar, vice-president for women’s affairs in the country. “Even if they were insulted, should the police react like this? I categorically condemn this behaviour and will pursue the matter. This is a harsh and anti-religious treatment that no human deserves.”
Read more at The Guardian.
Throughout 2018, Stylist is raising the profiles of brilliant women past and present – and empowering future generations to follow their lead – with our Visible Women campaign. See more from Visible Women here.
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