Gender Inequality in Science Careers and Publishing
By Colleen Flaherty <>
February 19, 2020

A new study on gender differences in science, technology, engineering and
math publishing says that men and women publish at a comparable annual rate
and make similar impacts during their active careers. But publishing career
lengths and “dropout rates” -- how many women leave the field, relative to
men -- explain much of the documented gender gap in productivity and
impact. “This comprehensive picture of gender inequality in academia can
help rephrase the conversation around the sustainability of women’s careers
in academia, with important consequences for institutions and policy
makers,” wrote lead author Junming Huang, now a postdoctoral research
associate at Princeton University, and his network analysis colleagues at
Northeastern University and the University of Copenhagen.

The study involved a look at the publication history of 1.5 million
authors, spanning 83 countries and 13 fields, whose publishing careers
ended between 1955 and 2010. It notes that the increase in participation by
women in science over 60 years actually saw an increase in gender
differences in productivity and impact. Read it
<> in *Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences*.