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TrowelBlazers

I ran across the TrowelBlazers Tumbler today, which is “a celebration of women archaeologists, palaeontologists and geologists who have been doing awesome work for far longer, and in far greater numbers, than most people realise.”

The women who maintain the tumbler, are an archaeologist, a dental anthropologist, a paleobiologist, and a zooarchaeologist. This team of scientists also have a blog that is definitely worth checking out.

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Events at the SAA Annual Meeting

The Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting is a few short days away in San Francisco.  Brenda Bowser, of the Women in Archaeology interest group, has put together a wonderful list of events not to be missed.

Events of Interest
Thursday, April 16, 2015
 
[71] FORUM–GENDER DISPARITIES IN RESEARCH GRANT SUBMISSIONS 
(Sponsored by SAA Board of Directors)
Room: Continental Parlor 2
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Moderators: Barbara Mills and Lynne Goldstein
Participants:
Lynne Goldstein-Discussant
Sarah Herr-Discussant
Jo Burkholder-Discussant
John Yellen-Discussant
Leslie Aiello-Discussant
Christopher Thornton-Discussant
[104] FORUM–MAKING THE TOUGH CHOICES: FINDING WORK/LIFE BALANCE AS AN ARCHAEOLOGIST
Room: Golden Gate 2
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Moderator: Melissa Vogel
Participants:
Sarah Nelson-Discussant
Uzma Rizvi-Discussant
Andrew Roddick-Discussant
Christopher Rodning-Discussant
John Warner-Discussant
WOMEN IN ARCHAEOLOGY INTEREST GROUP RECEPTION
Room: Union Square 15-16
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Chair: Brenda Bowser
Friday, April 17, 2015 
QUEER ARCHAEOLOGY INTEREST GROUP MEETING
Room: Union Square 3-4
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Chair: Dawn Rutecki
Saturday, April 18, 2015 
[269] SYMPOSIUM–QUEERING THE FIELD: ARCHAEOLOGIES OF
SEXUALITY, GENDER, AND BEYOND
(Sponsored by Queer Archaeology Interest Group)
Room: Golden Gate 7
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Chairs: Chelsea Blackmore and Megan Springate
Participants:
8:00 Jo Burkholder-Teaching on the Down-Low: Presenting Queer Theory to a Broad Audience
8:15 Casey Campetti-Out in the Field? Queer Archaeologists, Queer Archaeology, and CRM
8:30 Dawn Rutecki-Ambiguous Iconography: Queering the Shell Game
8:45 Chelsea Blackmore-Queer and Complex: Everyday Life and Politics in Mesoamerican Prehistory
9:00 Joel Lennen and Jamie Arjona-Queering Historical Worlds: Disorienting Materialities in Archaeology
9:15 Megan Springate-Criterion Q: Archaeology, Context, and the National Park Service’s LGBTQ Heritage Initiative
9:30 Barbara Voss-Discussant
[330] FORUM–OUT IN THE FIELD: QUEER EXPERIENCES AND CHALLENGES IN ARCHAEOLOGY
(Sponsored by Queer Archaeology Interest Group)
Room: Golden Gate 4
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Moderators: R. Kyle Bocinsky and Ann Danis
Participants:
Anna Prentiss-Discussant
Dawn Rutecki-Discussant
David Ellis-Discussant
Eleanor King-Discussant
Kelsey Reese-Discussant
Shawn Lambert-Discussant
Terry Hunt-Discussant
Individual Presentations 
Individual presentations addressing gender and women in archaeology in symposia and sessions include:
Thursday, April 16
[20] Beach & Lowry; [29] Raschkow; [39] Testard; [50] Loney; [93] Parrish; [114] Ewing; [131] Geiger; [133] DeLance; [146] Patel
Friday, April 17
[187] Follensbee; [188] Frazier, Drane, & Ponce de Leon: [205] Williams & Masseglia; [214] Dickson; [240] Jimenez; [245] Tegtmeyer. Martin & Waller
Saturday, April 18
[303] Vail; {300] Yu; [305] Baltus, Baires & Pauketat; [306] Perez; [332] Magdelana; [352] Freers

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Women in Science

There have been a lot of stories in the media recently regarding the biases against women in science. I welcome this discussion and the research exposing these biases. A friend of mine who is an Engineer recently shared with me a study by University of Washington, University of Virginia, Harvard University, and Yale University called Project Implicit. This project is studying implicit social cognition or unconscious biases affecting various facets of our social interaction. Their online tests explore racial, ethnic, age, weight, and gender biases.

My engineering colleague took the gender-science test and was part of only 3% of the population that showed a “moderate association of Female with Science and Male with Liberal Arts”. I also took the test, expecting a similar result due to my personal identification as a woman in science. However, I was surprised to see result of a “moderate association of Male with Science and Female with Liberal Arts”.

Project Implicit results

Despite the fact that I grew up in a family where I was encouraged to pursue my interests in science and in which everyone (male and female) studied science or engineering, I still internalized unconscious bias against women in the scientific disciplines. If women and men internalize such bias as part of cultural norms, then overturning the systematic and institutionalized discrimination against women (and minorities) requires more than simple institutional “fixes” or encouraging girls to pursue careers in science. A recent study by Corinne Moss-Racusin, a social psychologist at Skidmore College suggests that education of science professionals may reduce discrimination. While this may help, clearly education about biases (and privileges) in our society must start at an earlier age.

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