Funded by the Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Fund at Oxford University, the interviews with 39 successful women tell an inspiring story of an ongoing culture shift for women working in science, where according to those interviewed, discrimination is rarely experienced and the work is fun, interesting and exciting.
Sue Ziebland, Professor of Medical Sociology in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, who conceived the project with the Radcliffe Department of Medicine’s Chris Price, said:
'It’s a very promising time to be a woman working in science at the University of Oxford, as its becoming clear that attitudes and beliefs about women in science are changing. Whereas previously there was a culture of exclusion to contend with, women now tell us they experience greater autonomy in their work and there’s a great deal of University-wide and departmental support available to women to support their career progression. Indeed, very few of the women we spoke to had been aware of any discrimination at Oxford.'