As men, especially straight white men, we have a responsibility - a DUTY - to use whatever position and privilege we may have to encourage positive change in our professions. We can't keep brushing off casual sexism as "no big deal" or "harmless." It MATTERS.
If you don't think it does, maybe you should ask your colleagues and other #WomenInSTEM if they feel the same. In fact, maybe you should do that anyway. Open a dialogue about gender equality with the women around you. You may be surprised at their answers - I know I was!
From the article: “We need to make science and research and academia a fair and welcoming place for people who are not white, straight, males. I’m not entirely sure how we’re going to get there. But there are two things I do know for certain:
1. We are only going to get there if senior, white dudes like me either step up and say “yes, let’s change things” and then work to make that change happen, or just shut up and get out of the way.
2. We are not going to get there if some of our visible scientists use their brief moments in the spotlight to convey a message (unintentional or not!) that females are better suited to being decorations than to being colleagues.”
h/t +Jessica Kirkpatrick
and +STEM Women on G+