January 7, 2020
[cross-posted from Penn Medicine News]
In November 2019, Rinad Beidas, PhD, an associate professor of Psychiatry and founding director of the Penn Implementation Science Center at the Leonard Davis Institute, tweeted: “Hive mind: I want to curate a library of books for my mentees (who are almost entirely females) on success in personal and professional pursuits with an eye towards academia. Can you help me?”
And help, they could. Within a few days, so many colleagues and collaborators had recommended books that influenced them that Beidas decided to organize the list into a publicly available document open to anyone who would like to contribute. The list currently includes nearly 60 titles of books, each one contributing to mentorship and the advancement of under-represented researchers and faculty, particularly those in the biomedical and health sciences.
But it wasn’t just the number of responses and contributions that came as a surprise. Within hours, several people — some of whom were strangers to Beidas at the time — reached out with ideas that have since turned a simple tweet into a resource that will support women in academia for years to come.