Promoting Women in Science: Postdoc Network Resources


This is a selection of articles that have appeared on the Postdoc Network and elsewhere on Science’s Next Wave on the subject of women’s career progression in the sciences. The underrepresentation of women in science and engineering degree programs and careers is not news. In fact, it is old news. So why do we keep hearing about it? Should we continue to pay attention? Most definitely. It is going to take the concerted effort of women and men, on fronts personal and institutional, to effect meaningful change. We have established the urgency. It is time to identify ways we can change the culture of science. As Kirstie Urquhart argues, it is time to move beyond data collection and actually try to do something.

The purpose of this regularly updated compendium is to feature solutions: programs that can and do improve the outlook for women in science. A few articles are included that document the research on issues for women in science: gender disparities in degree programs, leadership roles, tenure rates, pay, resource allocation … the list goes on. We offer in response articles on institutions that are developing leadership programs, postdocs and grad students who have developed successful mentoring groups, and even professional societies that are stepping up to develop family-friendly policies. To echo one of the writers, we encourage you–men and women–to take an active role in implementing some of these strategies.

Essential Reading: Research on the Gender Gap

Women Without Tenure: Why They Leave Cathy Trower

    The Heart of the Matter Douglas Curran-Everett

    Tenured Women Battle to Make it Less Lonely at the Top Andrew Lawler

    Women’s Salaries: Why the Wage Gap Worsens Kevin Boyd

    Focus on the UK

    Enough Talk, Let’s See Some Action! Kirstie Urquhart

    Women in Science: Is Gender an Issue in Science and Engineering Employment? Jan Peters

    Men Wanted Kirstie Urquhart

    UK Women: Still Second Best in Science? Natasha Loder

    Mentoring and Networking Programs

    The Pipeline is a Choice, Not an Obligation Helen McBride

    Let’s Talk: Small Group Mentoring Dinners Nicole Mahoney

    Editorial Boards: A Step Up the Academic Career Ladder Laure Haak

    Family-Friendly Practices: Working for Institutional Change

    Dual-Career Couples Feature

    Conference Childcare: An Emerging Career Development Issue Leslie Pray

    EmPOWREment and ADVANCEment for Women Mirjam Kempf

    Postdoc Parents See Room for Improvement Josina C. Reddy

    Developing Family-Friendly Policies: The Role of Institutions Aparna Sreenivisan

    Can Academic Research Be a Family-Friendly Career? The Role of Disciplinary Societies in Shaping Workplace Policy Terri L. Nally

    Balancing Career and Motherhood

    The Joys and Struggles of Women of Color in Academia Laura Harrison

    Science and the Single Mom Rachel West

    Mixing Science and Motherhood Lynn Smith

    Solutions for Pregnant Postdocs Emily Klotz

    Affordable Childcare for Postdocs: One Institution’s Solution Karen Spratt

    Balancing Family and Career Forum Archive

    Solutions to Postdoc Parenting Problems Emily Klotz

    YouCome Back!

    Grants for Women: It’s Now a Family Affair Melissa Mertl

    Reentering the Scientific Workforce Feature

    Alternative to What? Complementary to Whom?

    From Bench Top to Blackboard: An Overview