Special Issue of Nature Focuses on Women in Science

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Browse the March 7, 2013 issue of Nature  as we think of the progress we've made, society and each of us can certainly do more.

"Science remains institutionally sexist. Despite some progress, women scientists are still paid less, promoted less frequently, win fewer grants and are more likely to leave research than similarly qualified men. This special issue of Nature takes a hard look at the gender gap — from bench to boardroom — and at what is being done to close it."

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Special Issue Contents:


  • Science for all Many women are deterred from pursuing a career in science at the highest levels. Much more must be done to address the reasons behind this potential waste of human talent.

News Features

  • Mind the gender gap Despite improvements, female scientists continue to face discrimination, unequal pay and funding disparities (includes online interactive).

  • Barred from the boardroom The number of women in scientific research is going up — but where academia crosses into industry, men still rule.

  • 30-something science What's being female got to do with anything, ask the scientists who are starting labs and having kids.


Books and Arts

  • Weird sisters? Biographies of female scientists perpetuate stereotypes, laments Patricia Fara.


  • Beating the odds Uta Frith and Athene Donald reflect on their long careers in science, families, quotas, biases and stereotypes.


  • This special issue is dedicated to the memory of Maxine Clarke. In the 28 years Maxine spent championing the highest scientific standards as an editor at Nature, she was all too often the only one to ask, “Where are the women?”