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Why are there so few ladies in technology? In Breaking into the Lab, Sue Rosser makes use of the stories of winning girls scientists and engineers to respond to the query of why elite associations have so few girls scientists and engineers tenured on their schools. girls are hugely certified, influenced scholars, and but they've got greatly greater premiums of attrition, and they're shying clear of the fields with the Read more...

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Breaking into the Lab Engineering Progress for Women in Science

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Of course it’s impossible to evaluate the career impact of the options not taken. In 1969, people commonly made comments like the one the professor at Stanford made to me, since overt gender discrimination in admissions, hiring, and salaries did not become illegal until the lawsuits and court decisions of the early 1970s. Today, candidates never hear such statements, or if they do, they can pursue legal sanctions. Does this mean that the thoughts behind such statements and antifemale bias in student recruitment and barriers toward married women have been eradicated from academia?

His comments stunned me and shook me to the core, especially since it made me realize that my professional situation was equally, if not more, precarious than my personal situation. When the flu, followed by a sinus infection that wouldn’t clear, landed me in the hospital, I asked the doctor whether the baby was likely to be harmed by my illness, wondering if perhaps the professor’s suggestion of an abortion might be heeded. When the physician reassured me that he thought the baby would be fine, perhaps a bit small but OK, I proceeded with the pregnancy.

In 1988, I expressed the loneliness I felt at being one of so few people focused on women and science: “For years I have always felt an outsider at national professional meetings in either science or women’s studies” (Rosser 1988, 105). Now, most campuses boast women in science and engineering (WISE) programs for students. Each year numerous conferences, journals, and anthologies focus on women and science, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal agencies award multimilliondollar grants to facilitate institutional transformation to advance and retain women in science and engineering.

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