Despite the significant advances women have made in representation at all levels in other professional fields, women are still grossly under-represented in the hard sciences. Although the scientific community has assembled several panels and committees to address this problem, they have focused largely on early education solutions without accounting for the situation faced by women who are presently enrolled in science career tracks. Women in Science takes a personal look at the environment and challenges that women encounter in science. It is an innovative examination of the factors behind the low representation of women in scientific disciplines and, more broadly, other competitive professional career tracks. Led by the renowned interdisciplinary scholar, Angela M. Pattatucci, a group of 25 contributors, from diverse backgrounds and representing a cross section of points along the career continuum, provides a candid look at a scientific environment in which women are routinely judged more by stereotype than ability and are forced to travel the road to success in isolation. The book provides strategies for negotiating through gender-specific boundaries and showcases two programs designed to support women in establishing successful scientific careers.
Free of disciplinary jargon, Women in Science is intended for academics and professionals in a wide variety of disciplines, including women's studies, gender studies, communication, management, public health, and public administration.