Women Working in Science

Posted on February 16, 2007  Comments (5)

Progress Over the Long Term

The commission found that women have doubled their share of bachelor”™s degrees in science and engineering over the last four decades. In 1966, they earned one quarter (24.8 percent) of bachelor”™s degrees in those fields, while in 2004, they earned half (50.4 percent). Over the same time span, women also gained a dramatically greater percentage of master”™s degrees ”“ 13.3 percent in 1966 versus 43.6 percent in 2004. At the doctorate level, the increase was especially noteworthy ”“ 8 percent in 1966 compared to 37.4 percent in 2004.

Proportion of Females in the following fields, from the article:
Psychologists 67.3%
Biological Scientists 48.7%
Computer Programmers 26.0%
Chemical Engineers 14.3%
Mechanical Engineers 5.8%

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5 Responses to “Women Working in Science”

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    November 1st, 2008 @ 11:02 am

    Women are now graduating from college in far higher numbers than men. And in many science fields female baccalaureate graduates outnumber male graduates (psychology, biology, anthropology, sociology) while men outnumber women in others (math, engineering, computer science and physics)…

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    November 10th, 2008 @ 12:54 pm

    In the clip, Jennifer Jones, a civil engineering student who talks about her challenges and determination to overcome obstacles in her honors program at Ohio State University…

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    December 1st, 2008 @ 9:19 pm

    If all I wanted was a job with a steady income, I am pretty sure I could get it. I would be well-rested and calm, but would I be happy?…

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    September 23rd, 2014 @ 1:51 am

    An import factor, to me anyway, is that women are now graduating from college in far higher numbers than men. And in many science fields female baccalaureate graduates outnumber male graduates…

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