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Women Are Seen Bridging Gap in Science Opportunities

The prospects for women who are scientists and engineers at major research universities have improved, although women continue to face inequalities in salary and access to some other resources, a panel of the National Research Council concludes in a new report.

In recent years men and women faculty in science, engineering and mathematics have enjoyed comparable opportunities,said the report, issued Tuesday. It found that women who applied for university jobs and, once they had them, for promotion and tenure were at least as likely to succeed as men.

But compared with their numbers among new Ph.D.'s, women are still underrepresented in applicant pools, a puzzle that offers an opportunity for further research, the panel said.

The panel said one factor outshined all others in encouraging women to apply for jobs: having women on the committees appointed to fill them. Read more…


Publish date: June 3, 2009