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2009 Nobels: Break or Breakthrough for Women?

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Science  30 Oct 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5953, pp. 656-658
DOI: 10.1126/science.326_656

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The four distinguished women scientists in the Nobel class of 2009, the first year that more than one woman has been chosen as a science laureate, raise the overall tally for women by 31%. But in absolute numbers, these 17 women scientists represent only 2.8% of the membership of this exclusive club. What will it take to boost those numbers? This year's awardees—Elizabeth Blackburn and Carol Greider in physiology or medicine, Ada Yonath in chemistry, and Elinor Ostrom in economics—agreed to tackle that question in a telephone roundtable with Jeffrey Mervis of Science magazine and Kate Travis of Science Careers.