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Female Advancement Tied to Symposia Involvement

Posted on: 01/27/2014
A recent study led by a researcher at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University suggests that involving women in the organization of scientific symposia may help them climb the academic ladder.

The authors looked at scientific symposia involving nearly 2,000 speakers at meetings sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology. They focused on 104 all male “convener teams” and 112 teams that included at least one woman.

Symposia convened by all-male teams contained 25 percent female speakers on average. When at least one woman was involved in the planning, women comprised an average of 43 percent of speakers—a 72 percent increase.

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