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University professors call for more women in the sciences

By Nadia Abu-Zahra, Rukhsana Ahmed, Marie-Claude Audet, Betty Baba, Angela Cameron, Monique (Aubry) Frize, Monica Nevins, Barbara Orser, Catherine Pound, Jennifer Quaid, Joanne St-Lewis, Catherine Mavriplis, Tracy Vaillancourt, Nadine Wiper- Bergeron      

'We need more women in positions of power and their inclusion needs to be beyond tokenism. This is important because girls and women cannot be what they cannot see.'

Tabaret Hall on the University of Ottawa campus. 13 professors from the school are pushing for women to have greater access to science programs. RobCA/Wikimedia Commons photograph
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Today, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, we wanted to reflect on what it meant to be a woman in 2018. We feel privileged to hold a professorship in a Canadian university, and today, we are reminded that this privilege cannot be taken for granted. We are privileged because historically, women could never aspire to such a position, so many have struggled to create these opportunities for us and were confronted with academic sexism and paid the price

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