'Overview of Women's Status in Science'

'Overview of Women's Status in Science'

While girls perform equally as well as boys in high school science classes in countries with high levels of gender integration, gender stereotypes continue to serve as a deterrent for women interested in a career in science, a report from the and the finds. Based on data from seven countries, the report, (16 pages, PDF), found that women earn only 11 percent of undergraduate degrees, 30 percent of master's degrees, and 25 percent of doctorates in scientific disciplines and hold only 11 percent of the highest academic positions in the field. The report also notes that the gender gap manifests itself at the bachelor's degree level in France, Germany, Japan, and China; at the doctorate level in the United Kingdom and the United States; and at the career level in Spain. The report's authors suggest that if the perception that science is not a viable career path for women were eliminated and gender parity in scientific disciplines were achieved, there would be three million more female scientists across the seven countries.

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