The increasing numbers of women joining the labour market in recent years has made the presence of women normal both in universities and research centres. However, the most prestigious and better-paid positions are still men’s territory. These are the conclusions drawn by the authors of Mètode’s winter issue’s monograph— Women and science. Keys to equality.
«From a feminine world built around maternity, women have had to step out and introduce themselves in different areas, conquering some rights and social roles, which are finally applied to all humans regardless of sex», claims Josep Lluís Barona— the monograph’s coordinator and full professor of History of Science.
Nevertheless, real equality is far from being a reality. «Nowadays there are women both in universities and the labour market, but it is worthwhile wondering whether if this equality in rights and opportunities is a real one in all scientific and technological areas», suggests professor Barona.
This monograph adopts a pluralistic point of view, and deals with this topic from the point of view of history, anthropology, social sciences and current science. It contains articles written by Josep Lluís Barona, Anette Mülberger, Maribel Blázquez Rodríguez and Mª Jesús Montes Muñoz, Mònica Bolufer and Anna Lluch.
Interview with Peter Higgs
This issue is rounded off with some articles that deal with current affairs like the consequences of the wildfires that burnt our forests last summer, the melting of the North Pole or the Higg’s boson discovery, including an interview with Peter Higgs where he talks about his own reflections after the discovery of this particle, which he postulated almost forty years ago.
Likewise, Bernat Clarí —Editor-in-chief of the Valencian newspapers Levante— talks about the relationship between the press and scientists; we remember Carl Faust’s legacy, and have an interview with the French sociologist Michel Maffesoli.
© Mètode 2013.
«There are many women working in science, however, men still develop more prestigious careers»
© Mètode 2013