In the November 2006 Washington Watch article in BioScience, Robert Gropp reports on the National Academies latest report to increase the representation of women in university science and technology faculties.

Following is a brief excerpt from the article:

  • Over the past several decades, various agencies, committees, and individual scientists have called for greater gender equity within the ranks of the science and engineering faculty at colleges and universities in the United States. Despite these calls to action, most workforce policy watchers note that progress has, at best, been slow.

  • According to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), "Forty years ago, women made up only 3 percent of America's scientific and technical workers, but by 2003 they accounted for nearly one-fifth." Moreover, women have accounted for more than half of the bachelor's degrees awarded in science and engineering since 2000. Nonetheless, the representation of women on university faculties of science does not reflect these trends. "Among science and engineering PhDs, four times more men than women hold full-time faculty positions. And minority women with doctorates are less likely than white women or men of any racial or ethnic groups to be in tenure positions," according to the September 2006 NAS report Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering.

  • The full article may be read at: www.aibs.org/washington-watch/washington_watch_2006_11.html.

 


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