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Whew. What a crazy week! Just 7 days ago, I hopped on a plane and began my long journey eastward to North Carolina to attend Science Online 2012. In case you aren’t familiar with the conference, Science Online is, as Christopher Mims said, like “a Burning Man for Science Journalists.” For me, this meant three days straight of talking, learning, and networking – note the absence of the word “sleeping.” Last night was the first time in a week I got more than 5 hours sleep. It was amazing.

Anyhow, I was at Science Online not only to engage with other scientists and journalists, but also to co-moderate a session titled “Blogging Science While Female.” Here’s the session description:

The session on women in science blogging at Science Online 2011 sparked internet-wide discussion about sexism, discrimination and gender representation in science and science blogging. Now here we are, a year later. How have we, as a community, faced the issues brought up by last year’s discussion? What has changed? What have we learned, and what challenges still lie ahead? Moderators and attendees will assess the current state of women in the science blogosphere and discuss the best way we can support and encourage gender representation in science blogging.

Rather than rehash the session here, I’ll instead give you Tanya Lewis’ storify of the session (below). Also, be sure to read Kate Clancy’s epically awesome post: Blogging While Female, and Why We Need A Posse

Christie Wilcox About the Author: Christie Wilcox is a science writer and blogger who moonlights as a PhD student in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Hawaii. Follow on Google+. Follow on Twitter @NerdyChristie.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. Paleoecologist 2:40 pm 01/26/2012

    Thank you for hosting this session, and putting together this excellent summary! I really think we’re starting to move towards productive ways forward with this discussion, and I’m so glad to have been able to be a part of this conversation with such brilliant, insightful folks.

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  2. 2. janand712 10:34 pm 01/26/2012

    It may just take time. When I began practicing in my field (criminal law) more than 30 years ago, sexism was rife. As years passed, the older males have retired (or died!) and many more women are practicing in the field. Young women now entering the practice of law are encountering little sexism, having grown up in the age of Title IX and other laws which mandated equal treatment. My granddaughter’s favorite subject is Physics, and she laughed when I told her my high school boyfriend couldn’t handle it when I beat him on the Math section of the SAT.

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  3. 3. Shrutis 5:17 am 01/27/2012

    Thank you for highlighting this issue. How important is then, that where you blog under a pen name or real name?

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