Will COVID-19 result in a giant step backwards for women in academic science? Academic Article uri icon

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  • COVID-19 has disproportionately placed women in academic science on the frontlines of domestic and clinical care compared to men. As a result, women in science are publishing less and potentially acquiring less funding during COVID-19 than compared to before. This widens the pre-existing gap between men and women in prevailing, publication-based measures of productivity used to determine academic career progression. Early career women and those with intersectional identities associated with greater inequities, are facing unique challenges during this time. We argue that women will fall further behind unless academic reward systems adjust how and what they evaluate. We propose several strategies that academic institutions, funders, journals, and men in academic science can take.


  • Shamseer, Larissa
  • Bourgeault, Ivy
  • Grunfeld, Eva
  • Moore, Ainsley
  • Peer, Nazia
  • Straus, Sharon E
  • Tricco, Andrea C

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  • June 2021