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The Science Gender Gap in 4 Horrifying Charts


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JL
- 2050 days ago - motherjones.com
call your attention to Nature's eye-popping new report on the persistent gender gap in the sciences. The short of it: Women scientists have made some gains, but they're still getting the short end of the stick.



   

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JL A (281)
Monday March 11, 2013, 9:15 am


Mother Jones
The Science Gender Gap in 4 Horrifying Charts
Lady scientists earn almost 30 percent less than their male counterparts, and other bleak statistics from the still-sexist field of the sciences.

By Kate Sheppard | Fri Mar. 8, 2013 4:00 AM PST

Not to put too much of a damper on International Women's Day [1], but I want to call your attention to Nature's eye-popping new report [2] on the persistent gender gap in the sciences. The short of it: Women scientists have made some gains, but they're still getting the short end of the stick.

Take, for example, this chart showing the difference in the median annual salaries for scientists and engineers in 2008. This includes all education levels—bachelor's, master's, and PhD—and age levels:
Nature/National Science Foundation

It doesn't get any better when you have a doctorate, either. Here's the difference between male and female PhDs:
Nature/National Science Foundation

The same goes for getting grants. Here's a chart showing the number of National Institute of Health grants awarded, by gender. Men also got bigger grants; the average size grant for male winners was $507,279, while the average grant to women was $421,385:
Nature/NIH

Part of the issue, as we've reported here before [3], is persistent gender bias. Male candidates are offered higher starting salaries as well as better mentorship and advancement opportunities. The Nature report also cites research indicating that having children is more likely to push women out of a career in the academy; female postdocs who have or want to have children are twice as likely to leave academia than male colleagues.

I'll end with some better news. At least there are more female science and engineering PhDs entering academia these days:
Nature/National Science Foundation


Source URL: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/03/science-gender-gap

Links:
[1] http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
[2] http://www.nature.com/news/inequality-quantified-mind-the-gender-gap-1.12550
[3] http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/09/bias-blocks-women-science
 

Roger G (148)
Monday March 11, 2013, 2:01 pm
noted, thanks !
 

JL A (281)
Monday March 11, 2013, 3:42 pm
You are welcome Roger!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday March 11, 2013, 4:34 pm
probably think we have got smaller brains

noted
 

JL A (281)
Monday March 11, 2013, 9:56 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Carol because you have done so within the last day.
 

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 6:04 am
No problem ladies. Just withhold sex.
 

JL A (281)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 8:59 am
LOL You cannot currently send a star to Gloria because you have done so within the last day.
 

g d c (0)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 6:50 pm
ty
 

JL A (281)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 10:10 pm
You are welcome G D.
 
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