Pandemic May “Roll Back” Women’s Gains in STEMM: NASEM Report
Pandemic May “Roll Back” Women’s Gains in STEMM: NASEM Report
A National Academies study of COVID-19’s effect on academic researchers adds to the evidence that women’s careers have been particularly damaged by the global disruption.
Pandemic May “Roll Back” Women’s Gains in STEMM: NASEM Report
Pandemic May “Roll Back” Women’s Gains in STEMM: NASEM Report

A National Academies study of COVID-19’s effect on academic researchers adds to the evidence that women’s careers have been particularly damaged by the global disruption.

A National Academies study of COVID-19’s effect on academic researchers adds to the evidence that women’s careers have been particularly damaged by the global disruption.

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No Gender Bias in Peer Review: Study
No Gender Bias in Peer Review: Study
Jef Akst | Jan 6, 2021
An analysis of data from nearly 150 journals across scientific disciplines finds that, if anything, manuscripts authored by women are treated more favorably than those submitted by men.
Q&A: Study Quantifies LGBQ Representation in STEM Degrees, Jobs
Q&A: Study Quantifies LGBQ Representation in STEM Degrees, Jobs
Max Kozlov | Nov 18, 2020
One of the first analyses of its kind finds a smaller proportion of men in same-sex couples earn STEM degrees than do men in heterosexual couples. It’s a different story for women.
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Gender Gap in Research Output Widens During Pandemic
Gender Gap in Research Output Widens During Pandemic
Katarina Zimmer | Jun 25, 2020
Experts identify childcare, which tends to fall to women, as one likely cause for the relative decrease in women’s scientific productivity compared with men’s.
Scholars Debate Causes of Women’s Underrepresentation in STEM
Scholars Debate Causes of Women’s Underrepresentation in STEM
Amy Schleunes | Feb 17, 2020
Two new commentaries on a contested 2018 study about gender disparities in STEM fields clash over whether sex differences or social inequalities are to blame for the lack of women scientists and engineers.
Ten Minute Sabbatical
Ten Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Jan 13, 2020
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Opinion: Can Prizes Help Women Shatter Science’s Glass Ceiling?
Opinion: Can Prizes Help Women Shatter Science’s Glass Ceiling?
Marja Makarow | Oct 2, 2019
As we await the announcement of the 2019 Nobel Prize winners, it’s time to question why female scientists still lag behind their male colleagues.
Gender Inequity Persists in STEM
Gender Inequity Persists in STEM
Shawna Williams | Sep 6, 2019
A study finds women continue to be underrepresented among science, engineering, and math professors, despite making up more than half the student population in these fields.
Study Finds Gender Imbalances in First-Time NIH Awards
Study Finds Gender Imbalances in First-Time NIH Awards
Shawna Williams | Mar 8, 2019
Overall, men received more money on average, but R01s were an exception.
Salk Gender-Discrimination Lawsuit to Go to Trial
Salk Gender-Discrimination Lawsuit to Go to Trial
Shawna Williams | Sep 4, 2018
A judge throws out several of researcher Beverly Emerson’s claims, but the case proceeds.
Huge Gender Disparity in Cancer Research Funding in U.K.
Huge Gender Disparity in Cancer Research Funding in U.K.
Shawna Williams | May 16, 2018
Men received both more and larger grants than women did, ending up with three times as much funding on average.
Women Are Underrepresented at Conferences: Study
Women Are Underrepresented at Conferences: Study
Diana Kwon | Apr 25, 2018
An analysis of abstracts from American Geophysical Union meetings reveals that female scientists get fewer speaking opportunities than men.
Women Less Successful When Applying for Patents
Women Less Successful When Applying for Patents
Diana Kwon | Apr 18, 2018
An investigation of 2.7 million patent submissions in the U.S. finds gender disparities throughout the application process.
The Forgotten History of World War I–Era Female Scientists
The Forgotten History of World War I–Era Female Scientists
Patricia Fara | Mar 1, 2018
As millions of men headed off to fight in the Great War, women researchers stayed behind to further science. Their struggle for equality rages on today.
Canadian Science Community Gathers Momentum in Improving Gender Equity
Canadian Science Community Gathers Momentum in Improving Gender Equity
Viviane Callier | Jan 18, 2018
Institutions document the effects of unconscious bias and set specific goals for gender balance.
<em>PNAS</em> Editor-in-Chief Placed on Leave
PNAS Editor-in-Chief Placed on Leave
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 4, 2018
In a gender discrmination lawsuit against the Salk Institute, a female scientist alleges that biologist Inder Verma was dismissive of his female colleagues. 
The Biggest Science Scandals of 2017
The Biggest Science Scandals of 2017
Jef Akst | Dec 15, 2017
This year’s controversial news included unethical behavior among politicians, a murder, and multiple accusations of gender discrimination and sexual harassment, in addition to the usual spate of research misconduct.
Max Planck Society Seeks to Keep More Women as Faculty
Max Planck Society Seeks to Keep More Women as Faculty
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 6, 2017
The German research institution will invest more than $35 million in creating tenure-track positions for female scientists. 
Gender Disparity in Science Publishing Among PhD Students
Gender Disparity in Science Publishing Among PhD Students
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 8, 2017
A new survey finds a consistent gap between men and women across numerous fields of science.  
2017 Life Science Salary Survey
2017 Life Science Salary Survey
Aggie Mika | Nov 1, 2017
Industry professionals make more than academic researchers, but for professors, it may not be about the money.