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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
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ISSN Print: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v12.i4.20
pages 275-293

SENIOR WOMEN SCIENTISTS OVERLOOKED AND UNDERSTUDIED?

Sue V. Rosser
San Francisco State University
Also Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies

ABSTRACT

In its continuing efforts to attract and retain a highly competent and diverse scientific and engineering workforce, the United States has explored a variety of strategies particularly targeted towards women. Earlier research conducted by the author analyzed the responses of more than 450 women scientists and engineers, mostly untenured assistant professors, who received either a NSF Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and Education (POWRE) award or a Clare Booth Luce (CBL) Professorship award, to an e-mail questionnaire regarding specific barriers that institutions and professional societies might remove through changes in policy and practice. Anecdotal evidence from ADVANCE institutions, as well as the MIT Report, suggests that more senior women scientists and engineers may face a different, equally problematic, set of barriers. This study uses the population of Association for Women in Science Fellows — more than 100 senior, distinguished women and men scientists and engineers elected by the Association for Women in Science for their contributions to science and technology and for their support to women in science and engineering — to explore perceived differences of barriers for junior and senior women scientists.


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