Do Men and Women Have Equal Prospects in Science?

Equal prospects for both sexes in science

Women are as likely as men to be promoted, but fewer apply for jobs.

Natasha Gilbert

February 17, 2012

Woman and men progress equally well in science, but not enough women are joining the field.

Difficulties in hiring and retaining women scientists and engineers are worrying universities. A study published in the February 17 issue of Science has tracked several thousand science and engineering faculty members over 19 years to unpick where the barriers lie and to provide evidence that can be used to develop policies to tackle the problem. Natasha Gilbert talks to Deborah Kaminski, an engineer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and co-author of the paper.

What did the study look at?

We tracked the careers of 2,966 science and engineering faculty members from 14 universities from the time they were hired to when they left the university over the period 1990-2009… (continua a leggere su


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