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article imageLack of female scientists in the U.K.

By Tim Sandle     Feb 15, 2014 in Science
In the U.K., the number of women pursuing careers in science, technology or engineering continues to decline. This has been subject to a parliamentary report.
In the U.K. Parliament this month, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee applauded the U.K. government’s efforts to encourage women to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. However, the committee also suggested that efforts focused on retaining women in those fields are lacking. Their findings are captured in a report called 'Women in scientific careers'.
The analysis also notes that female researchers are most likely to leave science as they are progressing in their careers. This has been dubbed "the Leaky Pipeline" by the magazine Science. One reason for women leaving the professions, Science notes, is due to the "high pressure jobs coincide with a woman's last best chance for children."
In an article in another science publication, The Scientist, Baylor College of Medicine’s Huda Zoghbi and Nobel laureate Paul Greengard from Rockefeller University propose several ways in which institutions might help female scientists become leaders in the laboratory. They write: “The sciences as a whole suffer when women choose alternate paths, and the United States, which is already fighting fiercely to remain competitive in an increasingly sophisticated global science scene, loses ground each time a woman puts her scientific curiosity on the back burner."
Hopefully some of these measures will prove successful.
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