In our session on Tuesday Simon K, as an aside, suggested we google “is there a sexist data crisis. “
I did, (here is a BBC article with that exact title http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36314061) but it got me thinking, this is hardly a crisis and hardly new. Women are underrepresented in many important things.
For example, did you know women (and other “minority groups” like non Caucasians) are underrepresented in clinical trials? The article does mention this too. The FDA in the US has a program to try to increase the participation of women in these trials: http://www.fda.gov/ScienceResearch/SpecialTopics/WomensHealthResearch/ucm131731.htm
Systematic bias? Deliberate? Could be both.
Anyway, I will be sure to think more about it.