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Why do so few women choose a career in science--even as they move into medicine and law in ever-greater numbers? In one of the most comprehensive studies of gender differences in science careers ever conducted, Women in Science provides a systematic account of how U.S. youth are selected into and out of science education in early life, and how social forces affect career outcomes later in the science labor market.

Studying the science career trajectory in its entirety, the authors attend to the causal influences of prior experiences on career outcomes as well as the interactions of multiple life domains such as career and family. While attesting to the progress of women in science, the book also reveals continuing gender differences in mathematics and science education and in the progress and outcomes of scientists' careers. The authors explore the extent and causes of gender differences in undergraduate and graduate science education, in scientists' geographic mobility, in research productivity, in promotion rates and earnings, and in the experience of immigrant scientists. They conclude that the gender gap in parenting responsibilities is a critical barrier to the further advancement of women in science.

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Editorial Reviews

Nature

Do young women take fewer mathematics and science courses in high school than young men, leaving them less prepared and therefore less likely to major in science and engineering fields in college? Is a woman with a bachelor's degree in science and engineering more likely to have begun her college career as a science major, or on a non-science track? This book, ten years in the making, offers definitive and surprising answers to these and other long-standing questions about women in science.
— Abigail J. Stewart and Danielle LaVaque-Manty

Choice

Sociologists Xie and Shauman have prepared this detailed and scholarly study of the career paths of women in science, remarkable for the comprehensive scope of its contents as well as the detail and precision of its findings...It is the most carefully argued and well-documented investigation of both the gender differences in science and the reason women leave science presently available—an important and praiseworthy contribution.
— M. H. Chaplin

Contemporary Sociology

Xie and Shauman's volume Women in Science is a source of rich and detailed empirical analyses that take a bold and justified leap beyond the pipeline model, challenging assumptions and revealing complex processes. The findings and perspective of this study also frame areas for further research.
— Mary Frank Fox

New Scientist
Yu Xie and Kimberlee Shauman explore why so few women opt for a science career. They debunk plenty of myths.
Otis Dudley Duncan
This is a substantial piece of work on a significant topic. Recalling Karl Popper's emphasis on falsification, I am impressed with the number of important propositions the authors were able to put to rest. The melding of technical skill and cogent argumentation is remarkable.
Paula England
Xie and Shauman skillfully analyze 17 data sets to pinpoint forces that lead fewer women than men into careers in science or engineering. Their scope is the whole life cycle - from high school to graduate school to combining jobs with families. This is the book to read on why most scientists and engineers are men.
Christopher Winship
This is an impressive piece of work and is likely to become the standard reference for understanding gender differences with respect to involvement in science for many years to come. The authors are to be particularly congratulated on the scope of their project in terms of the breadth of the life cycle that it covers.
Suzanne M. Bianchi
I have not seen any other volume that covers the career process of women as thoroughly as this investigation of how women become scientists and engineers and what causes them to leave these fields at much greater rates than men.
Nature - Abigail J. Stewart And Danielle Lavaque-Manty
Do young women take fewer mathematics and science courses in high school than young men, leaving them less prepared and therefore less likely to major in science and engineering fields in college? Is a woman with a bachelor's degree in science and engineering more likely to have begun her college career as a science major, or on a non-science track? This book, ten years in the making, offers definitive and surprising answers to these and other long-standing questions about women in science.
Choice - M. H. Chaplin
Sociologists Xie and Shauman have prepared this detailed and scholarly study of the career paths of women in science, remarkable for the comprehensive scope of its contents as well as the detail and precision of its findings...It is the most carefully argued and well-documented investigation of both the gender differences in science and the reason women leave science presently available--an important and praiseworthy contribution.
Contemporary Sociology - Mary Frank Fox
Xie and Shauman's volume Women in Science is a source of rich and detailed empirical analyses that take a bold and justified leap beyond the pipeline model, challenging assumptions and revealing complex processes. The findings and perspective of this study also frame areas for further research.
Choice
Sociologists Xie and Shauman have prepared this detailed and scholarly study of the career paths of women in science, remarkable for the comprehensive scope of its contents as well as the detail and precision of its findings...It is the most carefully argued and well-documented investigation of both the gender differences in science and the reason women leave science presently available--an important and praiseworthy contribution.
— M. H. Chaplin
Nature
Do young women take fewer mathematics and science courses in high school than young men, leaving them less prepared and therefore less likely to major in science and engineering fields in college? Is a woman with a bachelor's degree in science and engineering more likely to have begun her college career as a science major, or on a non-science track? This book, ten years in the making, offers definitive and surprising answers to these and other long-standing questions about women in science.
— Abigail J. Stewart and Danielle LaVaque-Manty
Contemporary Sociology
Xie and Shauman's volume Women in Science is a source of rich and detailed empirical analyses that take a bold and justified leap beyond the pipeline model, challenging assumptions and revealing complex processes. The findings and perspective of this study also frame areas for further research.
— Mary Frank Fox
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674018594
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 0.71 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Yu Xie is Otis Dudley Duncan Distinguished University Professor of Sociology, Statistics, and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Kimberlee A. Shauman is Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Davis.

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Math and Science Achievement
  • 3. Expectation of a Science/Engineering College Major
  • 4. Attainment of a Science/Engineering Baccalaureate
  • 5. Career Paths after a Science/Engineering Baccalaureate
  • 6. Career Paths after a Science/Engineering Master’s Degree
  • 7. Demographic and Labor Force Profiles of Scientists
  • 8. Geographic Mobility of Scientists/Engineers
  • 9. Research Productivity
  • 10. Immigrant Scientists/Engineers
  • Appendixes
    • Appendix A. Descriptions of the Data
    • Appendix B. Method for Decomposition Analysis
    • Appendix C. Detailed Occupation Codes in Science and Engineering
    • Appendix D. Detailed Statistical Tables


  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

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