Does gender bias influence awards given by societies?
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2011
Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union
Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 92, Issue 47, pages 421–422, 22 November 2011
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2011), Does gender bias influence awards given by societies?, Eos Trans. AGU, 92(47), 421., , , , and , (
- Issue published online: 18 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 18 NOV 2011
AGU is a participant in a U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)–funded project called Advancing Ways of Awarding Recognition in Disciplinary Societies (AWARDS), which seeks to examine whether gender bias affects selection of recipients of society awards. AGU is interested in learning why there is a higher proportion of female recipients of service and education awards over the past 2 decades. Combined with a lower rate of receipt of research awards, these results suggest that implicit (subconscious) bias in favor of male candidates still influences awardee selection. Six other professional societies (American Chemical Society, American Mathematical Society, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Mathematical Association of America, Society for Neuroscience, and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) are participating in the project. Volunteers from each participant society attended an Association for Women in Science (AWIS)–sponsored workshop in May 2010 to examine data and review literature on best practices for fair selection of society awardees. A draft proposal for implementing these practices will be brought before the AGU Council and the Honors and Recognition Committee at their upcoming meetings.