TABLE 2-4 Categorization of Question 1 Across Year of Award

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

 

 

 

Means of responses

Categories

Response numbersb

1997

1998

1999

2000

A

Pressures women face in balancing career and family

1, 5, 7

31.9%

30.8%

35.0%

32.4%

Ba

Problems faced by women because of their low numbers and stereotypes held by others regarding gender

3, 4, 8, 10, 12

12.3%

10.1%

9.8%

14.5%

Ca

Issues faced by both men and women scientists and engineers in the current environment of tight resources, which may pose particular difficulties for women

2, 6, 16

10.0%

4.8%

8.2%

7.9%

D

More overt discrimination and harassment

9, 11, 13, 14

3.0%

4.4%

5.8%

4.8%

aThe alphabetic designation for categories B and C have been exchanged, compared with earlier papers (Rosser and Zieseniss, 2000) to present descending response percentages.

bGiven the responses from all four years, after receiving faculty comments at various presentations of this research, and after working with the data, we exchanged two questions from both category B and D to better reflect the response groupings. Specifically, responses 10 and 12 (considered in category D in Rosser and Zieseniss, 2000) were moved to category B. Similarly, responses 11 and 13 (included in category B in Rosser and Zieseniss, 2000) were placed into category D.



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