27 Mar 2012

Why women in science don't want to work at universities

Young women scientists leave academia in far greater numbers than men for three reasons. During their time as PhD candidates, large numbers of women conclude that 

  • the characteristics of academic careers are unappealing; 
  • the impediments they will encounter are disproportionate
  • the sacrifices they will have to make are great.

This is the conclusion of The chemistry PhD: the impact on women’s retention, a report for the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET and the Royal Society of Chemistry. In this report, the results of a longitudinal study with PhD students in chemistry in the UK are presented.

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