Women in Biology
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About this site: It provides a starting point for finding information for biologists who happen to be women. It is a list of bookmarks to the ample original content already available on the web. Many of the links are aimed towards women who are graduate students, postdocs, or more senior scientists, but there are also sites relevant to undergraduates or even high school students who may be contemplating a career in biology.

These are intended to help women biologists with practical aspects of busy professional lives, and to provide food for thought in those quieter moments. You will find the history of women in science, aspects of science education, an extensive list of career resources for PhDs, postdocs, and beyond, and of course, information about the specific challenges women face in a sometimes chilly climate.

Navigation: Start with the menu at right on this page, which will link you to the major topics. You can also use the menu at the top for navigation from internal pages. Note that during the reconstruction, some pages have been rearranged.

Direct quotations are in color.

Updates Broken links? Suggestions? Many of these links are old and there is lots of new information out there. Please help me keep this up to date using this report form.

Recent additions

  • Why do women leave STEM fields? From Forbes. The research suggests it's all about pay and promotion opportunities, or lack thereof.
  • Nature International Career Survey...salary and satisfaction. (PDF). Called For Love and Money.
  • Do women make better PIs? Data suggest that they may, though their style of interaction is different.
  • Why "Female" science professor? The blogger explains. THis one really resonated with my experience, of the litany of petty insults women are still subjected to in the Academy
  • Women faculty making gains at Harvard (NY Times)
  • Rejecting the fast track Research universities may not be able to count on their ability to attract the best young faculty talent, a survey being released today suggests. The survey -- of more than 8,300 doctoral students at University of California campuses -- finds that they increasingly care about finding careers at "family friendly" campuses. And the survey finds that they doubt seriously that they can build such careers at a research university. Both men and women have these attitudes although they are more pronounced in women.(Inside Higher Ed)
  • New web forum: Women in Science Education, from Nature's Scitables.

Don't stop here! many more links can be found on the pages inside.