I was on a panel at the Science Pathways conference in Brisbane. The event was run by the EMCR Forum (Australia’s Early- and Mid-Career Researcher Forum). I spoke about how to use intersectionality to refocus diversity initiatives to be more inclusive.
It was a wonderful event with interesting talks. The audience asked us thoughtful questions. I was asked how we can incentivise leaders to rethink notions of merit in science, as this often ignores structural disadvantages as career gaps.
I discussed how ideas of merit rose when science and society were structured very differently, favouring men who relied on women’s invisible labour and other differences. We need to rethink how “merit” has become exclusive. We also need to tie manager’s career progression to the career success and satisfaction of underrepresented groups.