There’s no room at the top for women scientists

Women make up half of students in the life sciences, but only one in four professors, according to data from 500 scientific institutions worldwide. 

Speaking to the BBC, Dr Jessica Wade of Imperial College London, who champions women in physics but wasn’t connected with this particular study, said: “There is no point in encouraging more girls into science if the system is set up to exclude them,”

“Improving gender balance in science will take institutional commitments to support women in their applications for promotion, act when there are reports of sexual harassment or bullying and make work allocation more transparent.”

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