When Rita Gurung was a graduate student in India, she witnessed her male friends finding paid research fieldwork positions and wondered what cultural assumptions about women’s aptitude or suitability for fieldwork were limiting her access to these opportunities.

“Professors and project leaders routinely excluded female students from fieldwork because they thought they couldn’t safely send the women alone in rural areas or that their efficiency would not be on the same level as the men,” said Gurung.


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