I fell off my chair when I saw that little video buzzing of twitter & co this week-end.
It’s a promotional clip made by some people sitting in chairs and thinking about how to promote women in science at the European Commission. Yep … I’m not even joking.
Seriously, they could hardly have done a worse job then that. Although the goal (promote women in science) is perfectly legitimate, I don’t think that this is the way to do it. This is the way you sell make-up and high-heels.
If the clip is supposed to show woman in science, why is it the guy who sits in front of the microscope and wears a white coat ? (and why does he looks at them like a creep ?) Why do they walk and look like they were the actresses of Sex and the City ? And why is everything pink and so artificial ?
This is just the worse way to promote equality between men and women in science, that is far from been achieved. I wondered if these people ever set foot in a lab to see how it really looks, and how it’s generally far from glamourous.
Today I attended a PhD defense where the entire jury of 8 people was constituted by 40 to 70 year old men. Girls, we still have a long way to go … (Note to myself: I should write a post to discuss this in more details some time.)