Why is it so difficult for women to become professors?

Ireland“My attention was recently caught by a publication from the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO), A Persistent Problem – Traditional Gender Roles hold back Female Scientists, by Anna Ledin, Lutz Bornmann, Frank Gannon and Gerlind Wallon (Embo Reports, Vol. 8, No 11, 2007). Frank Gannon is director general of Science Foundation Ireland. Men significantly outperform women in climbing the scientific career ladder and this study analyses some of the factors that explain this discrepancy. More than half the European student population is female, but women hold only 15 per cent of full professorships …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 6 August]

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