Articles | Volume 53
Adv. Geosci., 53, 15–31, 2020
Adv. Geosci., 53, 15–31, 2020
02 Apr 2020
02 Apr 2020

Drawing everyday sexism in academia: observations and analysis of a community-based initiative

Marie Bocher et al.

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The "Did this really happen?!" project aims at publishing real-life, everyday sexism in the form of comic strips. Its major goal is to raise awareness about unconscious biases that transpire in everyday interactions in academia and increase the visibility of sexist situations that arise within the scientific community, especially to those who might not notice it. In this publication, we present the project and the different recurring sexist behaviours identified in the collected stories.