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Women in the Chemical Workforce

A Workshop Report to the Chemical Sciences Roundtable


Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-10: 0-309-07293-X


In the fields of science and engineering, women are not represented in proportion to their fraction in the U.S. population. This underrepresentation is especially pronounced in academic departments, where hiring of women lags far behind their representation in the pool of doctoral degree holders. Furthermore, women apparently do not ascend the career ladder as fast or as far as their male counterparts. Recent reports, elaborate on the impact of this and related issues for science, the academic enterprise, the U.S. economy, and global economic competitiveness. The Chemical Sciences Roundtable judged that the demographics of the workforce and the implications for science and society vary, depending on the field of science or engineering. Accordingly, it organized a workshop, “Women in the Chemical Workforce,” to address issues pertinent to the chemical and chemical engineering workforce as a whole, with an emphasis on the advancement of women.


Support for this project was provided by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CHE-9630106, the National Institutes of Health under Contract No. N01-OD-4-2139, and the U.S. Department of Energy under Grant No. DE-FG02-95ER14556.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

Copyright © 2000, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK44855PMID: 20669492


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