Stop Discriminating Against Female Scientists

Target: Judith Cox, President of the World Science Foundation

Goal: Ensure equal representation of female scientists at future World Science Festivals.

Recently, at New York City’s annual World Science Festival, a male moderator denied physicist Veronika Hubeny a voice during a discussion panel to the point where the audience was forced to intervene. The moderator apologized, but this is just one of many examples of sexism in the field of science.

This problem has existed for decades, dating back to people who refused to take Elizabeth Blackwell seriously when she took up the study of medicine, and countless examples of men’s taking credit for women’s scientific accomplishments. Despite significant steps taken to bridge gender gaps in scientific fields, fewer women are encouraged to pursue a path in STEM, and young girls who express desire to pursue a career in science are not taken seriously.

Hubeny’s experience served to further drive home the point that the scientific field is still burdened with old-fashioned sexist notions that need to be put to rest and buried for good. Women deserve to be taken seriously and encouraged to follow their scientific dreams. Women deserve to be credited and praised for their every accomplishment. Sign this petition to demand an end to sexism at the World Science Festival.


Dear Judith Cox,

Women in the field of scientific study have been plagued by sexism for centuries, going as far back as Elizabeth Blackwell and the people who bullied her in an attempt to discourage practicing medicine and the countless men who have taken all the credit for women’s discoveries and accomplishments.

Recently, physicist Veronika Hubeny was continually interrupted during a discussion panel, when the male moderator allowed her to speak at all. The audience’s intervention stopped him and he later apologized for his behavior, but this is just one of the many ways women are sidelined and mistreated by the scientific field. Young girls are discouraged from wanting a career in science or medicine and told their battery-operated toys run on “magic” by commercials. Less attention is given to the female scientists of the world. Little things continue to add up to a problem that should no longer exist.

Please help us put a stop to this sexism and make science as multi-gendered a field as anything else. Female scientists deserve as much credit and as much of a voice as their male counterparts.


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  1. This discrimination has to stop. My god it’s 2017! Get with it, men!

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