Islamic Women in Science

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Science  06 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5489, pp. 55-56
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5489.55

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In this Science and Society essay, Hassan discusses education and career opportunities in science and technology for women in Muslim countries. Although attitudes about educating women vary between different Muslim countries, there has been a slow, but steady, increase in the number of Muslim women enrolled in undergraduate science courses and entering university teaching and research careers. Hassan discusses some of the obstacles that Muslim women have had to overcome to obtain a university education and points out the need for a greater voice in politics for Muslim women scientists.