So today is the Nobel Prize 2012 dinner. That means the following:
– Fancy schmancy outfits (by the ladies mostly)
– Awkward English from the Swedish king
– “New Cirkus” performance by Cirkus Cirkör (don´t ask)
… aaaand waaay more male prize winners than female. No surprise. What is a surprise though was that a group of people this morning in one of Sweden´s largest newspapers argued that the Nobel prize committees need to open up their work to more women. This a group of male and female authors, journalists, professors and others.
This is the link for those of you that read Swedish: http://www.dn.se/debatt/bara-gubbar-far-nobelpris—sa-satsar-vi-pa-kvinnorna
Freely translated this means “Only old me win the Nobel prize – this is how we can invest in women.”
Out of 861, only 44 prizes have been awarded to women. The great majority of the representatives in the Nobel committees are men, and the people writing this article argue that men will continue to choose men as recipients of the prizes. They are encouraging the committees to nominate as many women as men, with the same or higher levels of experience and knowledge.
Now I have seen some reactions by people who think that this is using quotas, which, according to them, is unfair. But those who believe that the authors of the debate article are writing this are wrong. What they want to accomplish here is to open up for new thoughts and new nominations for women that are have just as much merit as these men, they just don´t have the connection or the body parts that the men do.
I think this is a great idea and I welcome new points of view and fresh thoughts in these old committee.
In the words of the authors of the article: “Let´s get rid of the Old Men Prizes – Long live the Nobel Prizes!”
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