So seriously, why aren’t there more women in science?

Why are there fewer women working in science than men?

Things have certainly improved, with participation in many branches of science at undergraduate and graduate levels now broadly balanced between the sexes.

And yet by mid-career – as people progress into their 30s – a serious gender gap starts to appear. Climb the ladder to senior research positions and the disparity deepens.

Why is this the case? Shouldn’t we be trying to address this issue? And, if so, how?

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