From the Editors
This Is No Country for Women?
Technical subjects are not for you, they are told in primary school, middle school, secondary school. They therefore choose university programs in the humanities or perhaps the biological sciences. “You won’t manage to care for your children and work as a researcher at the same time, and even if you don’t have kids you still don’t have the right predisposition,” later they hear from their fellow male scientists. Even if they do earn a PhD, they climb up to higher rungs in much smaller numbers than they could.
They rarely hold high-profile posts, infrequently serve as heads of institutes, faculties, universities. Along the way, some (fortunately) of them encounter behavior that it takes a large dose of leniency to see as anything other than sexual harassment. So goes the story for a woman on the career path of science in Poland.
But are things really that bad? Have emancipation, gender quotas, the growing awareness that signi-ficant gender differences (aside from physical ones) do not exist, all really brought about so little change? That is not an easy question to answer in a clear-cut way. And so, we turn this issue over exclusively to the women of science themselves. They tell us about their career paths, their doubts, their advantages and obstacles. We showcase their research, the projects they lead. And through the-ir eyes we try to see what position female scholars hold, or should hold, in Polish science.
Perhaps – as one of our interviewees puts it – “there are no women in science, there are simply scientists” and the notion lingers on only in the minds of those who are unable to overcome stereo-types and prejudices.
Table of Contents:
Ticks: Born Innocent?
The Art of Caution | download
Striving for More Equal Science | download
Equality Pays | download
It All Started With “Demons” | download
Embracing Diversity | download
Gifted Women Have It Worse | download
MARIA ANNA CIEMERYCH-LITWINIENKO, EDYTA BRZÓSKA-WÓJTOWICZ
There Are No Women in Science – Just People | download
They Paved the Way | download
Astrophysics What Glows in Black Holes? | download
Mineralogy And the Rocks Shall Lead Us | download
Astronomy Waiting for Dark Matter to ‘Tick’ | download
MARIA A. OLECH
Lady of Ice | download
TEODOZJA I. RZEUSKA, ANETTA ŁYŻWA-PIBER, KATARZYNA MOLGA
Cultural Anthropology A Short History of Yellow Shoes | download
RENATA J. ROMANOWICZ
Hydrology The Story of a Certain Project | download
Geology Tiny Powerhouses | download
In the Lens:
A Godess That Will Touch the Stars | download
Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling | download