Why aren’t there more women in science?

You may wonder why there aren’t more women in science.

But when women in some countries have to fight tooth and nail for the right to a basic education

When male undergraduate students are more likely than equally qualified female counterparts to be offered mentoring and research opportunities…

When scientific articles with female lead authors are reviewed more poorly than those headed by male authors…

When there are no structures in place in many universities that allow women to start a family and continue on an academic path…

When universities are more likely to hire a man than a woman (despite equal qualifications) for a faculty position….

When an accomplished science writer who refuses to work for free is called an “urban whore”

When representations of scientists in the popular media are largely limited to men…with women usually relegated to supporting roles,and required to be physically attractive to be present at all

When even  our interpretations of data can be strongly gender biased…

…you may still be wondering. But I’m not. I’m living it. Continue reading

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