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A Chemical Inbalance

So what do you do if you are the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh where 50% of the named chairs are female, as are 36% of the professors?

You worry—you worry about difficulties in recruiting younger women academics, you worry about why we can’t convince women that a career in science is stimulating, rewarding, can be flexible and is even sometimes well paid. And what do you do next? Well you write a book, make a documentary and develop a action plan.

I got to preview the documentary and found it most interesting. You can watch it on Monday and I hope you will as well.

And by the way I really like their action points for academia:
• Monitor our numbers
• Mentor our people and make sure the best are applying
• Create a workplace that supports everyone and allows flexibility
• Reclaim the meaning of feminism