What can *men* do to make academia safer for women?
We're reeling the UK from the news of particularly unsettling and disturbing murder of a young woman walking home alone at night. It has lead to a lot of discussion on social media about toxic masculinity and how men can make women feel safer in various scenarios, such as:
- Never walk behind a women on her own - cross the road to give her space.
- If you see a lone woman walking towards you, cross the road so you don't have to pass closely.
- Zero tolerance in all-male environments for off-colour comments about women.
- Plus 100s of other pieces of advice which shouldn't be required, but are.
It lead me to think what things can we do to make academia safer for women? Some things that spring to my mind are: Not insisting on experiments that run until after dark and letting female scientists walk home afterwards, not having lone females working in a lab with male colleagues, what else? Can we consider advice to administrators and men to make sure being a woman is not an additional thing to think about in your research.