Author Meg Urry, chairwoman of the department of physics at Yale University, gives her views regarding the study on implicit bias against women in science, as highlighted earlier this week in the NYT
“When I was a young scientist, the dearth of female colleagues bothered me. So did the general lack of concern this raised in the scientific community. Occasionally, a colleague might ask why there weren’t more women in physics, but their favorite hypothesis didn’t hold water: that family priorities are to blame, because the years raising children often coincide with the crucial years as an assistant professor right before getting tenure.
But if family considerations slowed the advancement of women, why would women without children have similar career trajectories to those with children who remained full-time in the work force? It didn’t add up.”
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