How to Level the Playing Field for Women in Science | Higher Education and academic research |

The "baby penalty" in academe could be eased with four key reforms.


The good news: Many more women than ever before are completing Ph.D.’s in the sciences. Back in 2000, when I was appointed the first female dean of the graduate division at the University of California at Berkeley, I was delighted to learn that about half of the incoming doctoral students in the biological sciences—and more than 30 percent in heavily male fields like chemistry and engineering—were women. However, I also noticed that in most of the science departments where young women were eagerly enrolling, very few of the faculty members were female. (...) - The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Mary Ann Mason, March 3, 2014