In spite of the cultural shift expected in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, sexual misconduct and harassment are still widespread issues in academia, and talking about them remains taboo.
In 2017, the #MeToo movement became viral on social media. All around the world, people used the hashtag to share their stories. #MeTooSTEM quickly joined the movement, exposing the extent of sexual harassment in the laboratories.
On the occasion of Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAM (April), ALBA gathered relevant resources on the subject.
Trigger warning*: some resources are testimonials that might hurt the sensibility of the readers.
List of resources related to Harassment in STEM:
Starting the conversation
- “Breaking silence: Sexual harassment in academia and the workplace”, Psychology of women: A handbook of issues and theories (1993).
A worldwide issue
- “Gender based violence: a study of three universities in Afghanistan” Gender Studies Institute, Kabul University With Cooperation of UNDP and UNESCO (2010)
- “Harassment in Dutch academia: Exploring manifestations, facilitating factors, effects and solutions”, report commissioned by the Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH).
- “Borderless A Study of Violence against Women in Universities: Brazil, Portugal, and the U.K.”, The Journal of International Women’s Studies (2020).
Sexual harassment in Academia
- “The Problem of Gendered Violence in Academia”, Medium (2017)
- “When It Comes to Sexual Harassment, Academia Is Fundamentally Broken”, Scientific American (2018)
- Report mentioned in this article: “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine”, The National Academics of Sciences Engineering Medecine (2018)
- “Quick Fixes Won't Stop Sexual Harassment in Academia, Experts Say”, Lab Manager
- “Sexual Harassment in Academia and Beyond: Causes, Consequences, and Change”, The American Sociological Association
- “Towards a research agenda for examining online gender-based violence against women academic”, Journal of Further and Higher Education (2020)
- “Characteristics of Faculty Accused of Academic Sexual Misconduct in the Biomedical and Health Sciences”, JAMA (2020)
- “National academy may eject two famous scientists for sexual harassment”, AAAS Science (2021)
What can be done?
Example of best practices and recommendations
- “Harassment and discrimination situations”, EPFL (Switzerland)
- “Institute Discrimination & Harassment Response Office”, MIT (United States)
- “500Womeninscience - End Sexual Harassment”, how you can help fight sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination in science right now
- “Opinion: Use science to stop sexual harassment in higher education”, PNAS (2020)
- *“#MeTooPhD – Sexual Harassment in the Academy Survey”, TheProfessorIsIn.com (guidance for all things phd: graduate school, job market and careers)
- *“Reported Sexual Harassment Incidents by Academic Discipline”, Wilsonparson.github
- *“Picture a Scientist” (movie/documentary), Uprising Production