Why Science Is Sexist

Why Science Is Sexist

Science changes the world because the creation of knowledge opens up new pathways for us to explore new ways of doing things, and new questions to ask. My optimism lies in the fact that I think that the answer to why science is sexist does all of these things.

In this eye-opening BWB Text, Nicola Gaston, President of the New Zealand Association of Scientists, reveals the ways in which the discipline of science is sexist. From the under-representation of women to the argument that mental capabilities are gendered, Gaston demonstrates the extent of our unconscious bias against female scientists, and warns of its damaging consequences for science and for society. In asking what can be done to combat this bias, she calls for us to rethink not just our attitudes towards gender, but also towards scientific knowledge and inquiry.

What are BWB Texts?

BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. Spanning contemporary issues, history and memoir, new BWB Texts are released regularly, and the series now amounts to well over fifty works.

All recently published BWB Texts can be purchased in print and digital formats using the ‘Buy’ or ‘Preorder’ buttons on this page. You can also subscribe to the series – a great gift idea! Find more information about subscription offers here.

For guidance on these purchase options please visit our Sales FAQs page or email us.

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Nov 2015
Pages: 104
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780908321650
ISTC: A02201500000056D
DOI: 10.7810/9780908321650

Search inside


'Fairness and Equality in Research', Vera Koester, ChemViews Magazine, 5 May 2020

'Why is science sexist? The great gender disparity gap', Bevan Hurley, Sunday Star Times, 6 November 2016

'Sexism in science - Dr Nicola Gaston', Nicola Gaston speaks to Jesse Mulligan, Radio New Zealand, 31 March 2016

'Rooting out sexism', Nicola Gaston, Chemistry World, 19 January 2016

'Political roundup: The Rise of gender politics and feminism', Bryce Edwards, New Zealand Herald, 1 December 2015

Nicola Gaston on Up Again with James Dann, RDU 98.5 FM, 22 November 2015

Nicola Gaston on Q&A, ONE News, 22 November 2015

'Sexism is still one of science's biggest issues', Nicola Gaston, Stuff, 23 November 2015

'The Pundits: Feminism', Deborah Russell on Nicola Gaston, Radio New Zealand, 17 November 2015

'"Science is sexist because we are sexist about science" says Kiwi scientist', Solbin Kang, NZ Herald, 22 October 2015


'This is a book that raises many difficult questions, and offers some solutions. I found that it challenged some of my preconceptions, and has provided much food for thought. It’s short enough to read, think about and discuss in an evening: do it!' Gordon Findlay, Booksellers NZ, 14 December 2015