Barriers and bias hold back women in academic science


  • Sarah Zielinski


Underlying biases and discrimination result in barriers that prevent women in science and engineering from advancing in academic positions, according to an 18 September report from the U.S. National Academies.

‘What this report demonstrates is that despite years of talking about the problem, it still remains a huge problem,’ said Mary Lou Zoback, a retired U.S. Geological Survey seismologist and a member of the committee that commissioned the report, entitled ‘Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering.’