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University offers post-doc in ‘feminist biology’ to counter ‘male, white, straight’ research

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison sought to "uncover and reverse gender bias in biology," which has led to the creation of a post-doctorate in "feminist biology." 

"The program is the first in the nation — and probably the world," said Janet Hyde, director of the campus Center for Research on Gender & Women, on the university's website. Dr. Hyde is a professor of Psychology and Women's Studies who received her Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of California-Berkeley.

"All human beings have gender stereotypes in their brain," Dr. Hyde told Campus Reform on Thursday. "Gender stereotypes are pervasive ... people just don't see things or don't appreciate them or don't process them when they don't conform to stereotype notions."

The first post-doctoral fellow, Caroline VanSickle, also responded to Campus Reform's inquiries about the program, saying via email: "We aren't doing science well if we ignore the ideas and research of people who aren't male, white, straight, or rich. [...] Feminist science seeks to improve our understanding of the world by including people with different viewpoints. A more inclusive science means an opportunity to make new discoveries."

The university's program in feminist biology begins in September.

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