A nice Slate article explaining the results of a PNAS study on looking at gender disparity in the sciences. For some of us, this comes as no surprise, but I do believe studies like this are the first step towards equality. Women are most definitely still a minority in the sciences.
Conclusions from the study:
- 52% of Biology PhD’s are women… but only 18% of tenure track professors are women (a leaky pipeline).
- Male faculty members are significantly less likely than female faculty to bring female trainees into their labs
- If the male professor had won a prestigious award, he was even less likely to take women into his lab
One thing yet to be determined… WHY does all this still happen, and WHY are women leaving the field? While some in the article may claim “women don’t like or just aren’t good at science and math” (say WHAT?!), I believe the issue is a more complex one, and the article goes into more realistic possible reasons: male aggression, etc.
One thing is for sure, starting conversations about this inequality and the “leaky pipeline” problem is a step in the right direction.