TABLE 2-3 Total Responses to Question 1

Question 1: What are the most significant issues/challenges/opportunities facing women scientists today as they plan their careers?

 

 

1997

1998

1999

2000

Categories

% of responses

% of responses

% of responses

% of responses

1

Balancing work with family responsibilities (children, elderly relatives, etc.)

62.7

(42/67)

72.3

(86/119)

77.6

(76/98)

71.4

(75/105)

2

Time management/balancing committee responsibilities with research and teaching

22.4

(15/67)

10.1

(12/119)

13.3

(13/98)

13.3

(14/105)

3

Low numbers of women, isolation and lack of camaraderie/mentoring

23.9

(16/67)

18.5

(22/119)

18.4

(18/98)

30.5

(33/105)

4

Gaining credibility/respectability from peers and administrators

22.4

(15/67)

17.6

(21/119)

19.4

(19/98)

21.9

(23/105)

5

“Two career” problem (balance with spouse’s career)

23.9

(16/67)

10.9

(13/119)

20.4

(20/98)

20.0

(21/105)

6

Lack of funding/inability to get funding

7.5

(5/67)

4.2

(5/119)

10.2

(10/98)

8.6

(9/105)

7

Job restrictions (location, salaries, etc.)

9.0

(6/67)

9.2

(11/119)

7.1

(7/98)

5.7

(6/105)

8

Networking

6.0

(4/67)

<1

(1/119)

0

(0/98)

4.8

(5/105)

9

Affirmative action backlash/discrimination

6.0

(4/67)

15.1

(18/119)

14.3

(14/98)

12.4

(13/105)

10

Positive: active recruitment of women/more opportunities

6.0

(4/67)

10.1

(12/119)

9.2

(9/98)

14.3

(15/105)

11

Establishing independence

3.0

(2/67)

0

(0/119)

6.1

(6/98)

2.9

(3/105)

12

Negative social images

3.0

(2/67)

3.4

(4/119)

2.0

(2/98)

<1

(1/105)

13

Trouble gaining access to nonacademic positions

1.5

(1/67)

1.7

(2/119)

1.0

(1/98)

1.9

(2/105)

14

Sexual harassment

1.5

(1/67)

<1

(1/119)

2.0

(2/98)

1.9

(2/105)

15

No answer

0

(0/67)

<1

(1/119)

1.0

(1/98)

1.9

(2/105)

16

Cut-throat competition

1.0

(1/98)

1.9

(2/105)



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