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November 20, 2014 // By Karen Kreeger // Comments

Celebrating Women in Science

Basic Science // Genetics // Human Interest // Research // Women's Health

Recently, the New York Times published the provocative op-ed, “Academic Science Isn’t Sexist,” which described a soon-to-be-published study that found that experiences of young and midcareer women in math-intensive fields are, for the most part, similar to those of their male counterparts in terms of hiring, pay, tenure and promotion, funding, and publishing. Many scientists and writers crafted quick rebuttals about the experience of women in science, as they saw it. See articles in Slate and Science, for example.

Women in science pic largerNo matter the data, the interpretation, or the personal experience, gender equity in academia is a perennial topic at a national and local level. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, for instance, women typically comprise about one quarter of full professors in basic science fields. Statistics from this 2014 report show that while women now represent half of all medical school graduates, they remain underrepresented among faculty in both basic science and clinical medicine, especially as they move up the ladder from assistant professor to full professor.

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