Reply [to “Comment on ‘Righting the balance: Gender diversity in the geosciences’”] by Floyd Herbert



In our article “On Gender Equity in the Geosciences,” we are not advocating a quota of 50% women in the geosciences, but rather, suggesting that the field would be strengthened if all the individuals with doctorates in the geosciences (including the 28% of all Ph.D.s who are women) were to remain active in these fields [National Science Board, 2002; Kastens, 2003].

Currently, only about 13% of employed Ph.D.s in these fields are women, which means that there is a considerable loss of trained scientists in the Earth, atmospheric, and oceanographic sciences. Even the entry-level hires at Ph.D.-granting institutions are only 20% female [Holmes et al, 2003].