“Although the percentage of doctorates awarded to women in life sciences increased from 15 to 52 percent between 1969 and 2009, only about a third of assistant professors and less than a fifth of full professors in biology-related fields in 2009 were female. Women make up only 15 percent of permanent department chairs in medical schools and barely 16 percent of medical school deans. The pipeline to leadership is leaking.”
“Microassaults,” one physician writes, leave women in life sciences and medicine feeling demoralized, marginalized and unsure. Those can include sexist jokes, put-downs, being tasked to be recording secretary, plans being finalized without them and not being invited to go out for a beer with the men.