Exodus of Women from Science (fwd)

Donna Woodka (woodka@sdsc.edu)
Tue, 21 Apr 1998 21:40:11 -0700 (PDT)

There is a front page article in the April 13 issue of The Scientist that
may be of interest to some of our newsgroup:

"Exodus of women from Science is Jeopardizing Recent Gains" by Paul

The article deals with exodus from ACADEMIC science only.

The article gives some stats in graph-form on narrowing of the pipeline
for male non-minorities vs. women plus minorities. (I hate how the data
for women and minorities are often lumped together.)

Some suggestions are made for how institutions can help women stay in the
pipeline. The suggestions would apply to men and women both (no
affirmative action), but are seen as being more retentive for women.
Examples are 1) cut length of training period, now often 10 years or more
considering both the Ph.D. plus postdoc years. For example, limit Ph.D. to
4 years only; 2) Re-entry programs that make it easier for scientists to
return to their careers "after they have left to start families or pursue
other career interests." Difficulties with policy change in light of the
current granting system are discussed.

Megan Brown

homepage with info on science careers at:

Megan Brown
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, Washington


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