Higher education has long recognized the need to hire and promote a diverse faculty. To increase gender representation among the teaching staff, Boston University hosts a Women’s Guild and the Women in Science and Engineering network. Still, women represent only 36% of full-time BU faculty.
A new report from researchers at UC Berkeley, Harvard, and MIT highlights how much further women have to go to reach equality in commercial science. The authors reviewed the composition of scientific advisory boards at 500 biotech companies. They found that women make up less than 7% of paid advisors in commercial science.
Their data do not suggest a single explanation for the poor representation of women on scientific advisory boards. Perhaps it reflects the more conservative nature of corporate culture. No matter what the cause, the discrepancy points to a larger pay gap than previously acknowledged. Because board membership comes with increased prestige and compensation, the low number of women scientists indicates more work to be done before reaching parity.
Tags: gender; corporate