Kourany challenges gender stereotypes in science

Story by Erica Jobman, NewsNetNebraska

Women in science often are seen as less analytical than men, making some wonder if women should conduct research at all. But Janet Kourany, a feminist philosopher at the University of Notre Dame, says science needs women.

“Women are crucially important to the success of science,” she said.

About 90 people filled the Sheldon Museum’s auditorium on Friday, March 1, to hear Kourany’s speech “But What Happens When the Scientists are Women?”. Kourney was the keynote speaker for the 2013 No Limits Conference.

Kourney used examples from medical research, archaeology and economics to examine biases against women. She said women have often been left out of research.

Research conducted by women has given science a different perspective in many fields, she said, and women’s findings were often more fair-minded than men’s.

But, she said it was important to move away from who was smarter in the gender debate and to focus on what women can contribute.

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On Friday, March 1, Janet Kourany challenged the assumption that women were not as good at science as men in her keynote address for the 2013 No Limits Conference at the Sheldon Art Museum.

On Friday, March 1, Janet Kourany challenged the assumption that women were not as good at science as men in her keynote address for the 2013 No Limits Conference at the Sheldon Art Museum.

 

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