China Debates Big Drop in Women Physics Majors

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Science  11 Jan 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5553, pp. 263
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5553.263

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BEIJING-- During much of the 1970s, more than one in three physics students at two of China's top universities was a woman. Today, the number has plummeted to fewer than one in 10. This shift toward male domination of the field--the opposite of the trend in the United States--is prompting concern among many academics. But to others, it simply reflects a return to a more normal gender balance in physics in the generation after China began to open up to the West.