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6th September 2019

Gender equality: 'No room at the top for women scientists'

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The number of women climbing the career ladder in science is "disappointingly low", say researchers.

Women make up half of students in the life sciences, but only one in four professors, according to data from 500 scientific institutions worldwide.

The main problem lies with retaining and promoting women into influential positions, the study concluded.

Other factors included unconscious bias, tensions with work-life balance, poor funding and pay, and a lack of networking opportunities.

The findings back the view of many women in science that more must be done to address the problem of the "leaky pipeline" - where women leave the profession due to problems such as harassment and issues around promotion and pay.

For more information on the study, you can read the BBC article here.