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Lessons Learned from the International Conferences on Women in Physics
A presentation from the 2018 Winter Meeting: San Diego, CA
I had the privilege to participate at four of the six conferences in the series of IUPAP International Conferences of Women in Physics, the latest one being the conference held earlier this year in Birmingham, UK. As at previous conferences, there was a blend of interesting research presentation, examples of career paths of eminent women in physics and presentations on the status of women in physics in different countries. The workshops and informal discussions contributed to the breadth and depth of the presentations and fostered or enhanced networking among participants. Selected discussion topics included the “the under-representation of women in physics, breaking gender stereotypes, conscious and unconscious bias, the gender wage gap, and attrition of women as they continue to climb the academic ladder” [Sarah Tesh, IOP Physics World blog]. One of the conference highlights was the visit of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai.