Women in ATLAS: Are we there yet?. Pauline Gagnon, Indiana University/CERN. Outline. Statistics from the ATLAS Collaboration Global trends in physics in the world What remains to be done?. CERN. CERN is an international particle physics laboratory (Geneva, Switzerland)
Are we there yet?
Status as of October 2012
Many young women are joining ATLAS
Germany (2008) 11,2% 14,3%
Using only countries with > 14 people; these countries = 54% of ATLAS
Using only countries with > 14 people; these countries = 38% of ATLAS
High % of women
Romania, Greece, Turkey, UK, Spain, Poland, France, Italy
Very low % of women
Also very low % of women
in Russia or Czech Republic but salaries are not high there so there are other factors contributing
Good representation given the age distribution of women;
Average women usually don’t stay in the field
Women used to be appointed mostly as group conveners and on committees (administrative tasks)
Now women are also found in top management and project leaders positions
On the bright side: good representation
all categories of appointed positions
This is really where we still have a lot to gain
The following information was taken from a talk given by Rachel Iviefrom the American Institute of Physics at IUPAP Women in Physics 4th meeting held in April 2011 in South Africa
Purposes of Survey
Third survey was translated into all official UN languages
Women are disfavored statistically significantly
On all accounts, women are significantly disadvantaged
10% more women said “yes” than men
Fathers are advantaged while
mothers answered “slower” twice as often
Women answered “me” twice as often
Men answered “my spouse” 10 times more
Women are affected 2-4 times more often
3 times more women said yes than men
Should we conclude: in your career?
More women but same old deal?
How are the women at CERN addressing this?
The ATLAS women’s group (with other women at CERN)
Great study by Zahra Hazari, Philip Sadler, Gerhard Sonnertand Marie-Claire Shanahan from PRiSE study
The PriSE study revealed that none of the above had an effect on strengthening “physics identity”
The explicit discussion of under-representation of women in science.
“I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there” (Maureen Reagan)