How Latin American researchers suffer in science

Source: Nature

As female researchers from Latin American countries (one of us now works in the United States, the other in Argentina), we’re used to career obstacles. These range from limited funding to language barriers and the ‘tax’, in terms of time and emotional energy, incurred when under-represented groups in science participate in diversity initiatives. These barriers knit together to create problems beyond the obvious.

The current focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in science is welcome, but efforts to combat biases can lack nuance. Researchers from under-represented communities often experience the intersection of sexism, racism, and colonialism. In other words, the career barriers we face have a cumulative effect.

Our academic journeys illustrate these obstacles. Many of these multidimensional and intersectional barriers are also encountered by other early-career researchers from Latin America, especially women and scientists who are LGBTQIA+, people of marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities.