Talk: 'Gender Harassment in Science: Is It Just Me?'
March 20, 2018
Room: Bernie Dallas Room, #506
UMass Amherst Campus
Kathryn Clancy, associate professor of anthropology and co-director of the Laboratory for Evolutionary Endocrinology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will deliver a talk called "Gender Harassment in Science: Is It Just Me?"
No, it isn’t just you. Sexual harassment is rampant across the sciences and other male-dominated disciplines. Gender harassment--in particular, “put downs” that target women based on their gender identity--often goes unrecognized as a decisive factor in creating a negative or hostile workplace. Yet this type of verbal aggression is the most prevalent form of harassment and has a toxic impact similar to the traumatic “Harvey Weinstein” style events more frequently reported in the media.
Clancy will describe the ways in which verbal forms of gender harassment and incivility create a science climate inhospitable to women and gender minorities. She will draw from recent publications as well as upcoming projects to demonstrate the ways in which women and gender minorities who are sexually harassed 1) question the validity of their experience, 2) question their scientific identity and worth, and 3) become targeted for intersecting forms of harassment depending on their other identities (e.g., race, sexuality). She will also describe the ways in which the work climate for scientists can become more egalitarian, respectful, and meritocratic. According to Clancy, such an environment is essential to stopping the gaslighting of victims, creating a healthier workplace, and enabling more rapid scientific advances.
This talk is part of the Graduate School Lecture Series. A reception will follow, and registration is requested.