Women are changing the rules of Australian agriculture

Olympia Yarger’s farming day starts at sunrise. By eight in the morning, she has already collected the eggs. Next, she feeds the animals and checks the climate control system. Then she cleans. “There’s a lot of cleaning to do,” she says. “Just like with any other animal. It’s an all-day affair but a really rewarding … Continue reading Women are changing the rules of Australian agriculture

Men are just more competitive? Science says it’s not that simple

When trying to understand America’s persistent gender wage gap, researchers have in the past decade suggested that women are less competitive than men, and are therefore passed over for higher-ranking roles. But a new study from the University of Arizona shows it’s probably not that simple; in fact, women are just as likely to enter … Continue reading Men are just more competitive? Science says it’s not that simple

Aiming for a gender-equal world

Exacerbating the long-standing gender divide, girls and women worldwide have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report released by Women Deliver and Focus 2030. “COVID-19 has exposed the economic gender fault lines across Australia and the world,” says Tanja Kovac, CEO of Gender Equity Victoria, Australia. “[Women] recognise the risk … Continue reading Aiming for a gender-equal world

Are women more moral than men?

Women score consistently more highly than men on moral dimensions of caring, fairness and purity, according to a comprehensive, cross-cultural study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. While the differences were robust, the study found they were stronger in more flexible, individualistic cultures with greater gender equality. Other moral dimensions of … Continue reading Are women more moral than men?

Stereotypes change, others confound

Years of efforts to change the stereotype of scientists may be having an effect, say Australian researchers. However, while some stereotypes have changed, others remain firmly entrenched. For the past 50 years repeated studies have found that school students hold stereotypical images of scientists as men, with the image being reinforced by depictions in textbooks … Continue reading Stereotypes change, others confound

Boys will be…everyone?

It took twelve years for Michelle to receive a diagnosis. “I was about fourteen when I first started having symptoms,”  she tells me. “I was too ashamed to go to a doctor for it.” She kept her urgent, painful, frequent, sometimes bloody bowel movements a secret for two years, until one night, it hurt too … Continue reading Boys will be…everyone?

Why do more men die from coronavirus?

All over the world – in China, Italy, the United States and Australia – many more men than women are dying from COVID-19. Why? Is it genes, hormones, the immune system – or behaviour – that makes men more susceptible to the disease? I see it as an interaction of all of these factors and it isn’t unique … Continue reading Why do more men die from coronavirus?

From lions to orcas, females outlive males

Whether you’re a female human, orca, lion or elephant seal, you have a fairly good chance of outliving many of your male counterparts, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The fact that this phenomenon – well-known in humans – occurs in other mammals has long been suspected, but not … Continue reading From lions to orcas, females outlive males