The Next Frontier For Women In Science: A Room At The Top
Author: Jaleh Daie, pp.13
Date: July 25, 1994

It is encouraging that in some scientific fields--biology, for example--women are now earning graduate degrees in proportionate numbers to men. Likewise encouraging are figures showing recent increases in the number of female Ph.D. recipients; in 1993, 27 percent of all science, math, and engineering doctorates were awarded to women.

Given the increasing presence of senior, qualified women, one might hypothesize, or at least hope, that as the numbers increase in the ranks, so will they at the top--that inequities at all organizational levels in academia, industry, and government will be rectified by the growing strength in numbers.

Unfortunately, women remain underrepresented in leadership positions. The fact that there currently are only two female deans of science in the entire United States academic community is by itself confirmation that the so-called...

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