Commentary Women In Science: Much Has Been Accomplished, But Much Remains To Be Done Author: NEAL LANE
Date: January 24, 1994, pp.12

One of the most important and most debated issues facing the scientific community today is that of underrepresentation by women of all ethnic groups. I address the topic here in the hope that increased discourse will lead to increased understanding.

The Nov. 15, 1993, issue of The Scientist contained a page- one article (R. Twombly, "Congresswomen Take NIH And NSB To Task Over Gender Bias") that correctly noted that women are underrepresented at the top levels of national science policy. Since that article appeared, President Bill Clinton, in keeping with his commitment to increase the number of women and minorities in positions of federal responsibility, has nominated Shirley Malcom to fill the only vacancy on the National Science Board (NSB). Malcom currently is head of the directorate for...

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