An Escape Plan

Scan Chem World articleAn Escape Plan

Karin Bodewits, Philipp Gramlich and Adam Wilson suggest that adacemia’s chairs might hold more women if they have a clear view of the exit

‘More women in science! More female group leaders and professors!’ For years these calls have reverberated in and around the corridors of academia. But those of us who support these calls are increasingly exasperated at how far we are from our target.
The problem is often misdiagnosed as women’s lack of interest in scientific careers, but women’s enthusiasm for science is at least equal to that of men. The issue is not one of female recruitment to science, but of relative attrition: from postgraduate level onwards, women drop out of academia (and science careers) at a much higher rate than men,1 so that the top levels become overwhelmingly dominated by men. Read more…