Letter to Society for Neurosciences

April 2003

Regarding Women in Neurosciences Competition

The following letter was sent to the Society for Neurosciences (SfN) regarding requirements for their Women in Neurosciences travel grant competition.

I note that you require an essay on "barriers to women in science." Since SfN is supposed to be a scientific organization, not a literary one, I would have hoped that a more neutral topic could be proposed. Many of us believe that there ARE no external barriers to women in science, and that the choices women make are their own and are based on their abilities and preferences. The essay title as given makes the assumption that there are other barriers, for which I challenge SfN to provide evidence, not merely opinions.

Doreen Kimura