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Women Scientists In India Try New Experiments To Fight Sexism

Bright ideas to limit ways that motherhood so often leads to gender pay gaps and blocked careers for female scientists.

A Woman at Work in the Fertization Lab at Akanksha Hospital & Research Centre at Gujarat.
A Woman at Work in the Fertization Lab at Akanksha Hospital & Research Centre at Gujarat.
Sruti Ramesh

NEW DELHI — Maria Thaker, an assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru applied for tenure, but her application was turned down because she did not have as many publications to her name as a male counterpart. The all-male panel had conveniently forgotten to factor in the six months she took off on maternity leave and granted her a three-year extension rather than tenure.

All over India, women in science face similar biases as they navigate the patriarchal field of science. And these prejudices are reflected in the numbers: while women make up around 40% of the numbers at the undergraduate level in science, only 25-30% of the Ph.D. workforce is made up of women. And the situation only gets worse thereafter: only 15-20% of science faculty are women and the numbers dwindle as one goes higher up.

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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