There’s great news on the horizon for women in science. The number of female researchers increased across the world from the late 1990s to the early 2010s. Women account for 38% to 49% of researchers globally with Brazil and Portugal having the largest proportion of female researchers at 49%. The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, the European Union, and Australia—all have proportions of female researchers ranging from 40% to 44%. But it’s not all rosy. Female researchers remain a minority in all of the places studied, and on average they publish fewer papers than their male counterparts, which can hinder their future career prospects. The good news is that research into gender issues continues to grow relatively quickly.
Adapted from sciencemag.org/careers/2017/03/more-female-researchers-globally-challenges-remain
Terry Walsh, Researcher
DeWitt, New York 1972