Stuff We Found While Looking Around

There’s a lot going on these days. If you don’t stop for a minute to look around, you might miss it.

Here’s the latest collection of important news, inspiring stories, and binge-able posts that we think are worth sharing.



  • Women face unique challenges when it comes to negotiating. Use this guide to project assertiveness and confidence and earn your true value.
  • Once musicians began performing behind a screen and even removing their shoes — presumably to prevent women’s lighter footfalls or their high heels from suggesting their gender — the percentage of women hired by symphonies shot because the introduction of “blind auditions” had “significantly reduced gender-based hiring.” The mechanism may have accounted for 25% of the increase in the proportion of women in symphony orchestras. In order for women in medical research to level the playing field with men, with whom they compete for space in medical journals and for research dollars, the process needs to be similarly blinded.
  • Women in health IT: ‘There is a need for role models’: Because there are relatively few women in the health technology sector, structural framework conditions play a role in addition to individual willingness to take risks: the compatibility of career and family is no walk in the park even in Switzerland. Many women are therefore more in search of stability, and setting up a startup is generally still associated with risk. In addition, there is a need for role models, successful founders who inspire and pass on their know-how.
  • The Disturbing Return of Scientific Racism: We can’t help it. We keep looking back to race because of its familiarity. For so long, it has been the backdrop to our lives, the running narrative. We automatically translate the information our eyes and ears receive into the language of race, forgetting where that language came from. “I think that scientists, they are trapped by the categories they use. They will either have to jettison it or find different ways of talking about this,” says Hammonds. “They’ll have to come to terms with that it has a social meaning.” This doesn’t mean that racial categories shouldn’t be used in medicine or in science more generally. But it does mean that those who use them should fully understand their significance, be able to define them, and know their history. They should at least know what race means.


From KHN’s “What The Health?” podcast: women are losing access to reproductive healthcare right now. This week, the Trump administration announced efforts to restrict research using fetal tissue from elective abortions. The move displaces a policy passed with bipartisan support in Congress more than 25 years ago. Stay informed: 




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