In the news: “Women scientists face systemic biases”


Divya Gandhi, “Women Scientists face systemic biases“, The Hindu, May 7, 2010

This article summarizes the findings of a report commissioned by the Women in Science Panel of the Indian Academy of Sciences, “Trained scientific women power: How much are we losing and why?” (unavailable online). To quote:

“The Indian science community has for long contended with one discomfiting statistic: a staggering 60 per cent of women with Ph.Ds in science do not make it to research positions in science institutes.

The reason, as conventional perception had it, was that women scientists were overwhelmed by family responsibilities, particularly after childbirth, and pressured to drop out of research.”

Does this have to continue?