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Video clip: Kristina would like to see men who don't ordinarily work with women push themselves outside of their comfort zone and work with female students and post-docs more.

I think one of the big problems is that men feel uncomfortable being mentors for women because they are afraid of how that is perceived and so this I think this has been one of my problems in my career, I mean it makes me my own agent. I own everything I do but I also haven't got all the help I see all the guys getting in terms of help publishing and so on and I think that you have to try to get over that and think about how to manage that in a good way so that you, you can't stop people thinking what they think but you have to be able to shrug that off. It's like, “Oh [Name's] only working with female PhD.” I mean make sure that you are behaving appropriately yourself so that you're comfortable with yourself then, then you, and then you, but yeah, and I understand that, I really think that is one of the big difficult things and then men are often more comfortable with having men and women are often more comfortable with other women so that's just homophilia. We like people that are similar to ourselves. It's easier to deal with them and so on. We can disregard certain things that otherwise would be difficult.

So maybe you need to push yourself a little bit out of the comfort zone. So, if you usually have five male PhD students maybe you can add one female, you know, you don't have to change everything. You can add a little bit, you can change a little bit and that gradual change might be useful. If you tend to add people to papers and invite them to paper make sure that you also invite your female students and your female colleagues. I think those are the most important pieces of advice I can give.