It’s a fact that gender discrepancy in the field of science exists. It’s a fact that changes in legislation, academic policies, and an overall increased awareness of gender bias are improving a woman’s chances of succeeding in all the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. However, it is also a fact that a woman who wants to have a family and be a scientist will experience more disadvantages than her male counterpart. So what is a girl who wants to pursue bench science to do? Make career and family choices carefully, our female science thought leaders say.
According to an AAUW report (the American Association of University Women), women in scientific fields do still experience bias that negatively influences their career progress and participation in upper-management roles. The report states that instances of explicit bias seem to be decreasing, but implicit bias — social behavior that is an automatic response to learned stereotypes…
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Sound Bites From The Field
Diane Barker is Director, Americas Product Group, at Scientific Kelly Services, a worldwide scientific and clinical trials staffing company. For more information, visit kellyscientific.com.
Ruth Frazer is President of Pharma-Cruiting, an executive search firm that provides recruitment expertise in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, molecular diagnostics, clinical laboratory, and clinical research throughout the United States. For more information, visit pharmacruiting.com.
Catherine Hill, Ph.D., is Director of Research, at AAUW (the American Association of University Women), a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners. For more information, visit aauw.org.
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Experts on this topic
Mary E. Dominiecki, Ph.D. Clinical Publications Lead Contractor, AstraZeneca, a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business. For more information, visit astrazeneca-us.com.
Steve Gansler. Senior VP, Human Resources, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, a biopharmaceutical company whose research, development, and commercialization activities are focused in oncology. For more information,
Margaret S. Lee, Ph.D. VP, Research, Zalicus Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops novel treatments for patients suffering from pain and immuno-inflammatory diseases. For more information, visit
Sarah Holloway, Ph.D. Senior VP, Strategic Planning, Sudler & Hennessey, a global healthcare marketing and communications organization. For more information, visit sudler.com.