There is a gender imbalance between in the upper echelons of academia, and Bitesize Bio's Judith Brouwer says that it is not due to a lack of interest in science by women. "The number of men and women who start their studies is approximately equal … but the percentage of females declines rapidly as we move up the academic career ladder," she writes.

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