Reading and listening tips

  • Do masculine leadership titles undermine women’s leadership?
    Debates about using masculine or gender-neutral words to describe leadership positions, jobs and awards affect nearly all domains of society from business to politics and media. Recently, local politicians have considered changing titles such as “alderman” or “councilman” to their gender-neutral counterparts (e.g., “council member”). While some dismiss calls for gender-neutral titles as mere acts of political correctness, proponents argue that masculine language is not a neutral stand-in for “person” or “leader.” Instead, masculine language may undermine women’s leadership by reinforcing harmful stereotypes that positions of power are reserved for men. Want to know more, then read here.
  • How well-intentioned white male physicists maintain ignorance of inequity and justify inaction. 
    A Reading tip from our member Sophie Huiberts: Want to know more? Read here.
  • The glass cliff. The term ‘the glass cliff’ describes the phenomenon where women (and members of other marginalised groups) are more likely to occupy leadership roles in times of crisis. The metaphor captures the increased risk and precarity of leadership when things are going badly: a sense of being up high, yet teetering on the edge. Want to know more, then read this article.
  • How can educators prevent the development of Mathematics Anxiety?
    Mathematics Anxiety may sound like a trivial issue once school exams are over, but, argues Meena Mehta Kotecha, it has far-reaching consequences for both individuals and society. Her research explores its impact and identifies ways educators can help reduce unfavourable narratives about mathematics. Please read here.
  • The Guilty Feminist is an award-winning podcast and live show hosted by Deborah Frances-White. It is a supportive forum to discuss our noble goals as 21st century feminists and the hypocrisies and insecurities that undermine them.
  • BroadTalk is a podcast about women, power, and the wayward world. Presented by Virginia Haussegger, the series casts a razor-sharp gender lens over politics and policy and explores big ideas and imperfect lives.
  • Should you or should you not talk about your burn-out, sexual orientation, and menopause at your workplace?
    In this episode, Tessa Diphoorn and Brianne McGonigle Leyh discuss the concept of PRIVACY together with Prof. Dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn and Dr. Martine Veldhuizen. Want to know more, then listen here and for posters go here.
  • Mindset and managerial solutions to unrealistic expectations and gender inequality at home and work. Dr Jacqueline Kerr interviews researchers, coaches and HR experts and provides practical behavior change advice that working moms can try.