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No Women Chemists at Women's College

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Science  05 Apr 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5258, pp. 24
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5258.24


Smith College, an elite women's school in Massachusetts, has had no tenured women chemists for the past 38 years, although comparable institutions now have between one and five tenured women chemists apiece. In February, Smith extended its streak, rejecting physical chemist Sharon Palmer's tenure bid, despite unanimous support for her from the department. The rejection—due to what the school says is a poor publication record—has prompted distress both on and off campus. (Also see last week's special issue on “Maintaining Diversity in Science.”)