Evolution’s Rainbow is both a catalogue of diversity across the natural world in sex, gender, and sexuality, and also an “indictment” of all academic fields for suppressing or ignoring the diversity that we see.
‘Extraordinary Women in Science & Medicine’, an exhibit at The Grolier Club, highlight women scientists who transcended gender-related societal constraints, including two queer women.
For this week’s profile we have one of your very own: Ms. Dr. Joseph L. Simonis, Autostraddler, roller derby player, and population ecologist at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
“Discrimination in the sciences is an issue that direly needs more publicity and honest discussion, so I don’t want to discount Eileen Pollack’s well-researched and articulate piece. But in many ways, from a queer-feminist perspective, it was a total disappointment.”
If any of you have ever experienced homophobia in the workplace or queer-related adversity in your personal life and moved on (ahem, way too many of us), then you need to know Rochelle Diamond’s life story.
Jeremy Yoder and Allison Matthies gathered data in a nationwide survey of sexual diversity in science, technology, engineering and math professions called Queer in Stem and answered some questions about their results.
“I came out in my academic writing explicitly in 2003 because I knew that situating myself relative to relations of power in engineering, in academia [...] was essential to the project of introducing critical pedagogies in my engineering classes. “
Let’s talk about how you can work for equality in your workplace, school, neighborhood or life.
Often, we feel we have to keep our science self and our queer self separate, but this is the perfect space to merge them. Let’s talk about coming out in the science fields!
“There is no space for subjects that could be classified as social, like talking about inequalities. Of course, this is a false differentiation, because there is really no way to entirely separate the two — social dynamics are just as important as technical abilities.”