LINKS: Probing the Glass Ceiling

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Science  17 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5495, pp. 1255
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5495.1255b

A neuroscientist sends out the same CV under two first names—one male, the other female—and gets a far more positive response to the man's application. Anecdotes like this fuel the debate over why women scientists lag behind their male peers in pay and status.

Anyone wanting to know more about the so-called chilly climate for women in science will find plenty to chew on at the Women in Biology Internet Launch Page. Created by Salk Institute molecular biologist Susan Forsburg, the site is a collection of links to scads of online articles and reports from the past decade or so. There are studies of pay disparities, essays on whether socialization holds women back, and MIT's 1999 report finding bias against women faculty members. Other sections include history, organizations, career advice, and education. The site is “intended to help women biologists with practical aspects of busy professional lives, and to provide food for thought in those quieter moments,” Forsburg writes.

pingu.salk.edu/∼forsburg/bio.html

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