Women scientists in psychology - Time for action
Murphy FC., Bishop DVM., Sigala N.
Why is there a gender imbalance in the academic field of psychology, and what can be done to address it? Following a meeting organised to inspire women in psychology, we ask colleagues who have reached the top of their profession what they think helped them get there. We also examine the issue of unconscious biases that affect decisions in hiring, mentoring and evaluating people, and the value of exposing these gender schemas within ourselves and the organisations we work in. Finally, we discuss ideas about action, ranging from small, but significant, invitations and nominations, to implementation of meaningful institutional measures. Such measures should include, amongst others, linking eligibility for funding with consideration and management of equality and diversity issues.