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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(4), 398; doi:10.3390/ijerph13040398

Introduction to the Special Issue on Gender and Geoethics in the Geosciences

Department of Geography, Brock University, Niagara Region, 1812 Sir Isaac Way, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1, Canada
Academic Editor: Jesús Martínez-Frías
Received: 30 March 2016 / Accepted: 30 March 2016 / Published: 1 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Gender and Geoethics in the Geosciences)
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Abstract

In this introduction to the Special Issue on Gender and Geoethics in the Geosciences is a focus on the participation of women in traditionally male-dominated professions, with geography as an exemplary academic subject. The Special Issue stems from the Commission of Gender and Geoethics as part of the International Association of Geoethics, and endeavors to bring together efforts at various spatial scales that examine the position of women in science and engineering in particular, as conveyed in engineering geology, disaster management sciences, and climate change adaptation studies. It has been discovered, for instance, that men are more active and personally prepared at the community level (in Atlantic Canada coastal communities), and more action is still required in developing countries especially to promote gender equality and empower women. Studies contained in this Special Issue also reveal that tutoring and mentoring by other women can promote further involvement in non-traditional professions, such as professional engineering geology, where women are preferring more traditional (less applied) approaches that may circumscribe their ability to find suitable employment after graduation. Moreover, the hiring policy needs to change in many countries, such as Canada, where there are fewer women at entry-level and senior ranks within geography, especially in physical geography as the scientific part of the discipline. The exclusion of women in traditionally male-dominated spheres needs to be addressed and rectified for the ascent of women to occur in scientific geography and in other geosciences as well as science and engineering at large. View Full-Text
Keywords: sex-based roles; gender equality; feminist approach; academic disciplines; women in science sex-based roles; gender equality; feminist approach; academic disciplines; women in science
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Thornbush, M. Introduction to the Special Issue on Gender and Geoethics in the Geosciences. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 398.

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