Breaking into the Lab Engineering Progress for Women in by Sue V. Rosser

By Sue V. Rosser

Why are there so few ladies in technology? In Breaking into the Lab, Sue Rosser makes use of the studies of profitable girls scientists and engineers to reply to the query of why elite associations have so few ladies scientists and engineers tenured on their colleges. ladies are hugely certified, prompted scholars, and but they've got enormously better premiums of attrition, and they're shying clear of the fields with the Read more...


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I believe that although tenure provides a particular obstacle for academia, actually it’s not so different from other professions. For example, in both law and accounting, the partner-track has a similar time-limited up or out type of period for junior people. I believe that personal interactions differ between men and women. Obviously, this constitutes a gross generalization with many exceptions. However, I find men, on the average, more willing to put themselves forward. Since women tend to interact more with other women, they tend to be disadvantaged in the professional world because they are uncomfortable promoting themselves.

Some of these institutional changes include family-friendly policies, more flexibility in the tenure clock, and support for dual-career hires. These are important interventions aimed at shifting the structures that impede the prospects of all, rather than forcing individual women to negotiate with their department chair for an extra year of time toward tenure after the birth of a child or for a position for her spouse/partner who is also a scientist. Women scientists and supportive mentors must work to transform institutional barriers, while supporting the careers of individual women scientists and engineers.

Because I had better Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, grades, and recommendations, I wondered if Stanford had made a mistake. When I called to inquire, the professor informed me that only my exceedingly strong record had persuaded them to admit me at all, since they assumed that as a married woman I was likely to have babies and “waste” my education. Stunned by this revelation that marriage would detract from, rather than enhance, the perception of me as a serious scientist, we chose to stay at the University of Wisconsin because they had treated us fairly.

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