[Equal] New study about the underrepresenation of women in science

EqualOpportunity (SL) equal at sl.ethz.ch
Thu Feb 10 12:40:01 CET 2011

Understanding current causes of women's underrepresentation in science

Please note this very interesting article that was just published in PNAS.

A new study by researchers at Cornell University, "Understanding Current Causes of Women's Underrepresentation in Science," attributes women's own choices, based on "biological and social realities," not discrimination, as the reason women are underrepresented in the sciences. Professors cited "lifestyle choices" about children and family, which often allow for only part-time or adjunct positions, and a preference for people-based careers, among other reasons, for the lack of women in the sciences.

Original paper: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2011/02/02/1014871108

Article in NZZ (in Deutsch): http://www.nzz.ch/nachrichten/hintergrund/wissenschaft/eingeschraenkte_damenwahl_1.9423459.html


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