Junior and Senior Geoscientists Discuss Issues Facing Women in a Male-Dominated Field: A Networking Luncheon for Women Scientists; Palisades, New York, 30 April 2010

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In recent years the lack of diversity among faculty and research staff in the sciences has gained national importance. Women are especially underrepresented in the physical sciences. According to a U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)—funded report (“Why so few? Women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” AAUW, 2010), women now earn 35% of doctoral degrees in the Earth sciences (up from 3% in 1966) but continue to be underrepresented in the upper ranks of academic institutions. A report conducted by the University of California, Berkeley (“Staying competitive: Patching America's leaky pipeline in the sciences,” Center for American Progress, 2009) shows that one of the biggest leaks in the pipeline occurs during the postdoctoral years. Research also suggests that networking can play an important role in keeping women in the pipeline.

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