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Few Women Win New Academic Chairs

Science  28 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5577, pp. 2319
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5577.2319

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OTTAWA-- A new report shows that women are seriously underrepresented in a fledgling program to help Canada retain its best academic talent. In October 1999 the government committed $585 million to create 2000 new posts under the Canada Research Chairs program. A report looking at the first four classes shows that women, who represent 25% of the total academic pool, have received just under 15% of the 532 chairs.