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Science  25 Aug 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6353, pp. 741-742
DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6353.741

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In-house reports compiled at the storied Salk Institute for Biological Studies show that senior women run the smallest labs and that efforts to recruit, retain, and advance women have been strikingly slow in the 21st century. The leaked 2003 and 2016 documents, obtained by Science, buttress claims made by three senior female professors who last month sued the independent institute in San Diego, California, alleging gender discrimination. However, Salk President Elizabeth Blackburn and other administrators argue vehemently that the 2016 report, which shows senior women pulling in more than twice as much National Institutes of Health funding as their tenured male colleagues, is inaccurate and represents only the views of its authors, who were led by plaintiff Beverly Emerson.