Report: Women Afraid of Online Critics
So why are women academics speaking up less in the media, even though they make up the majority of positions? It turns out that they are afraid of online criticism, according to a Canadian study. Men have the same concern but it’s not as prevalent a factor, the study found. According to Shari Graydon, a researcher in the study, female scholars are often subjected to a “gender push-back” that men do not have to put up with. While everyone worries about being misquoted in the media, women should not go so far as not to comment on their subject at all. Women, get more involved, don’t be doormats, and speak up!