This week, The New York Times' Gina Kolata spoke with four women scientists at the top of their fields to get a feel for "their lives as scientists, the joys and struggles of research, and the specific challenges women in science face." Among the four is the University of Washington's Mary-Claire King, who tells the Times she believes that, for female researchers, "the choke point is going from a postdoc to an assistant professorship to a tenure-track position." After that, she says, it's been her experience that "the largest remaining obstacle is how to integrate family life with the life of a scientist." For that, King says an "institutional commitment" to subsidized, on-campus child care is critical. "… At institutions where it is assumed that you will make your own arrangements, women do less well," she tells Kolata.
Jun 15, 2011