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‘Boys’ club’ dominates scientific societies and awards, study finds

Women remain largely excluded from senior academic roles in science, scientific societies and prestigious award selection committees, a study by the University of Canterbury has found.

The study analysed 20 years of data on more than 5,000 scientists from 28 science societies in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the UK. The results are published online in Royal Society Open Science.

“Science is sexist: the number of women in senior academic positions in many scientific disciplines is disproportionately low. This is despite the fact that the proportion of female postgraduate students has been at least 50 per cent in many disciplines for some time,” the study says.

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