A strange situation is taking place in the science universe in Canada, which reminds us of a misogyny thinking. More specifically, Canadian female scientists obtain less funding than male researchers. That has to change, according to women across Canada!
“We found that when reviewers primarily evaluate the proposed research male, and female scientists have about an equal shot,” explained the study’s leading author Holly Witteman, an associate professor of medicine at Laval University, cited by The Canadian Press. “However, when reviewers evaluate the scientist, then women don’t do as well,” she added.
“Our study offers the first robust evidence showing that gender gaps in research funding stem from evaluations of the scientist, not the science,” Witteman continued. “Bias in grant review, whether individual or systemic, prevents the best research from being funded. When this occurs, lines of research go unstudied, careers are damaged, individual rights and potential go unrealized, and funding agencies are unable to deliver the best value for money,” the researcher added.
Canadian Female Scientists Obtain Less Funding Than Male Researchers
“It is well-established that women are underrepresented in positions of power and leadership, undervalued, and experience discrimination and gender-based violence in scientific and health disciplines across the world… Despite decades of recognition, these problems have proved stubbornly persistent… Gender equity is not only a matter of justice and rights, but it is also crucial for producing the best research and providing the best care to patients,” reads the study’s report, issued in the Lancet.
The misogyny thinking is still alive across Canada, and most of the Canadian female scientists are not obtaining the needed funding for research. At least, not as fast and easy as their male counterparts obtain financing.
“So there’s a lot that underlies this. It’s something that’s well-known to us, and it’s something that’s one of our top priorities to address going forward. We have an equity strategy and gender equity framework, where we’re really digging into the data on a number of equity dimensions to understand what the issues are and to apply preventions to correct them,” the study’s authors reported.
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