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Reading material on women in the academia



Does gender matter?
Author: Ben A. Barres
Nature, vol 442, July 2006

The suggestion that women are not advancing in science because of innate inability is being taken seriously by some high-profile academics. Ben A. Barres explains what is wrong with the hypothesis.


More Women in Science
Authors: Jo Handelsman, Nancy Cantor, Molly Carnes, Denice Denton, Eve Fine, Barbara Grosz, Virginia Hinshaw, Cora Marrett, Sue Rosser, Donna Shalala, Jennifer Sheridan
Science, vol 309, August 2005

Universities are failing to take advantage of an available resource: the brainpower of women scientists. In many fields of science, the proportion of women in faculty positions lags well behind the proportion of Ph.D.'s granted to women. In this Policy Forum, the authors explore the reasons for the disparity and offer examples of strategies used at research universities to overcome the impediments to recruitment, retention, and advancement of outstanding women scientists.


Executive Summary and Recommendations of a report by American Association of University Women

American society has prided itself on its concern for the fullest development of each individual's creative potential. As a nation, we have become sensitive to the social handicaps of race and class but have remained quite insensitive to those imposed because of sex. Those women who have entered the top professional fields have had to have extraordinary motivation, thick skins, exceptional ability, and some unusual pattern of socialization in order to reach their occupational destinations. In their backgrounds one is likely to find a professional mother, an unusually supportive father, or dedicated and stimulating teachers.


How To Survive and Thrive in the Mother-Mentor Marathon
Author: Galit Lahav
Molecular Cell 38, May 2010

This article is for women who ask whether it is possible to combine motherhood with academia and still be successful and happy. It is also for those working with, bosses of, or married to such women, giving them a better feel for the challenges mothers in academia face, and the strategies that can be used to survive and thrive in both of these worlds.


Nepotism and sexism in peer-review
Authors: Christine Wenneras and Agnes Wold
Nature, vol 387, May 1997

In the first-ever analysis of peer-review scores for postdoctoral fellowship applications, the system is revealed as being riddled with prejudice. The policy of secrecy in evaluation must be abandoned.



Authors: Helen Shen
Nature,  vol 405, March 2013

Despite improvements, female scientists continue to face discrimination, unequal pay and funding disparities.





Reading material on women in the academia