Texas Tech University

COVID-19 shines spotlight on gender inequity in academia


July 6, 2020

Phys.org - As COVID-19 spread across the country earlier this year, forcing schools and universities to close, an alarming trend of gender inequality became prevalent in academia.

She called a friend, Breanna N. Harris, a research assistant professor in Texas Tech University's Department of Biological Sciences, with an idea. The pair quickly outlined a paper about the effects of the pandemic on women in academia, then reached out to more than a dozen other women invested in gender equity to contribute their perspectives. The resulting article was published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

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