Did this really happen?! at the AGU 2018

Melanie Gerault was given the opportunity to talk about didthisreallyhappen.net at the 2018 American Geophysical Union annual meeting in Washington DC, USA.

It was a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about our initiative and we were very grateful. Many thanks to those who have reached out to us with their testimonies in the wake of the presentation! The session (Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality in Geosciences I: Gender Issues and Solutions) was organised so as to give ample time for discussions with the audience after the talks.

Nothing makes us more hopeful than hearing about the solid initiatives that were presented during this session! Progress is on its way!

Pourquoi il faut plus de femmes en science

Geophysicist Marie Bocher, member of the DTRH team, went on the RTS* radio to talk about women representation in sciences. Here is the link to the program. The interview is in French, but we provide the bibliography below.

*RTS is the acronym for “Radio Télévison Suisse”, Swiss television & radio.


Gender Differences in Learning

Kersey, A. J., Braham, E. J., Csumitta, K. D., Libertus, M. E., & Cantlon, J. F. (2018). No intrinsic gender differences in children’s earliest numerical abilities. npj Science of Learning, 3(1), 12.

Stereotype Threat

Huguet, P., & Régner, I. (2009). Counter-stereotypic beliefs in math do not protect school girls from stereotype threat. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45(4), 1024-1027.

Men and Women Vocabulary

Dutt, K., Pfaff, D. L., Bernstein, A. F., Dillard, J. S., & Block, C. J. (2016). Gender differences in recommendation letters for postdoctoral fellowships in geoscience. Nature Geoscience, 9(11), 805.

Ross, D. A., Boatright, D., Nunez-Smith, M., Jordan, A., Chekroud, A., & Moore, E. Z. (2017). Differences in words used to describe racial and gender groups in Medical Student Performance Evaluations. PloS one, 12(8), e0181659.

Schmader, T., Whitehead, J., & Wysocki, V. H. (2007). A linguistic comparison of letters of recommendation for male and female chemistry and biochemistry job applicants. Sex roles, 57(7-8), 509-514.

Turrentine, F. E., Dreisbach, C. N., St Ivany, A. R., Hanks, J. B., & Schroen, A. T. (2019). Influence of Gender on Surgical Residency Applicants’ Recommendation Letters. Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

CV Biases

Moss-Racusin, C. A., Dovidio, J. F., Brescoll, V. L., Graham, M. J., & Handelsman, J. (2012). Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(41), 16474-16479.

Steinpreis, R. E., Anders, K. A., & Ritzke, D. (1999). The impact of gender on the review of the curricula vitae of job applicants and tenure candidates: A national empirical study. Sex roles, 41(7-8), 509-528.


Baker, M. (2012). Fertility, childrearing & the academic gender gap. Women’s Health and Urban Life, Vol 11 (2), 9-25.

Correll, S. J., Benard, S., & Paik, I. (2007). Getting a job: Is there a motherhood penalty?. American journal of sociology, 112(5), 1297-1338.

We presented our work at EGU 2018

This year we were participating for the third time in a row at European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, the biggest geology conference held in Europe with more than 15 000 participants.


We contributed to the “Promoting and supporting equality of opportunity in geosciences” session organised by Claudia Alves de Jesus Rydin that focused on exploration of the reasons why different groups are underrepresented in geosciences. We showed a poster about how we came along to this webpage, what we experienced as a team and the idea of pointing sexism in academia through comic stips. The poster presented by Marie was a great success. A lot of people came along and we had fruitful discussions.

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Secondly, Marie gave a short talk in the same session on “Examples of real-life biases in the geosciences”. She talked about questioning the competences of female researchers, keeping females in traditional roles and keeping males in traditional role.

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We had a great time interacting with our colleagues, spreading the awareness of the problem of sexism in geosciences and underrepresentation of female researchers. EGU is a unique occasion to show our work and encourage our male and female colleagues to participate in the project. It is also a great booster for our work as so far all is done on a volunteer basis. Thank you Claudia for organising such a great session and many thanks to all that came along to discuss with us and for words of encouragement to carry on this project.