2. The Condition of Being Different

  1. Alice M. Sapienza

Published Online: 5 OCT 2004

DOI: 10.1002/047166359X.ch2

Managing Scientists: Leadership Strategies in Scientific Research, Second Edition

Managing Scientists: Leadership Strategies in Scientific Research, Second Edition

How to Cite

Sapienza, A. M. (2004) The Condition of Being Different, in Managing Scientists: Leadership Strategies in Scientific Research, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/047166359X.ch2

Author Information

  1. School for Health Studies, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 OCT 2004
  2. Published Print: 14 MAY 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471226147

Online ISBN: 9780471663591

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Keywords:

  • science workforce diversity;
  • diversity and equity;
  • stereotyping;
  • gender schemas;
  • diversity and cognition

Summary

The scientific workforce in the U.S. is heterogeneous in terms of national origin, education, and age. It is, however, less diverse by race and gender. Reasons for some of the systemic inequities in the way women scientists are treated are examined, including gender schemas or belief systems. How such schemas may affect pay and advancement of women scientists is discussed, and the experience of women scientists in the expert panels is recounted. The important effect of diversity on cognition and, thus, the caliber of thinking that occurs in a laboratory, is highlighted.