This Special Issue is a tribute to the participation of women in the geosciences, including physical geography, as well as within geology and the Earth sciences. It commemorates the newly formed Commission on Gender and Geoethics (CoGG), as part of the International Association of Geoethics (IAGETH).
The guest editor is the representative of the UK national chapter and coordinator of CoGG. The Special Issue presents scenarios where female professionals, such as academics, are considered as part of the geosciences, either as participants or subjects. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (MDPI; IF: 1,998) is a suitable outlet for this content because of its international outreach and environmental scope. It is anticipated that the content will have ramifications for current international policy concerning the ethical treatment of women in the geosciences. Contributions approach the role of women in the geosciences from a feminist perspective that is humanistic and inclusive. As part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals for 2015, the third goal (to ‘promote gender equality and empower women’) is an important one to achieve in the developing, as well as developed world, and this is true for the academic disciplines, particularly those that are traditionally male-dominated, such as the geosciences. Developed countries should set an example for the world of the equal treatment of women, and this includes within the academic sphere.
Dr. Mary J. Thornbush (IAGETH National Chapter, UK),
University of Birmingham, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 2TT, United Kingdom
Image. Copyright: http://www.mascotfp7.eu/mascot-resources/publications/
MASCOT is supported by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 282507.