Science is supposed to be a merit-based, bias-free profession—but research suggests that female scientists are hired less frequently and earn less pay and prestige than their male colleagues. Earlier this month, researchers at Yale University conducted a mock hiring situation and found that science faculty members chose potential male applicants over female applicants and awarded males higher salaries even when the resumes were identical. Why does such inequality persist? And is there anything that can be done about it?
Join us for a live chat with one of the paper's authors, Jo Handelsman, as well as Princeton president and molecular biologist Shirley Tilghman, at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, 27 September, on this page. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts. The full text of the chat will be archived on this page.
Dr. Jo Handelsman is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. In addition to her research program, Handelsman is also known internationally for her efforts to improve science education and increase the participation of women and minorities in science at the university level.
Shirley Tilghman is the president of Princeton University and the co-chair of the NIH Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group, which delivered its draft report to the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director on 14 June. Tilghman ran a molecular biology lab for 24 years before becoming a full-time administrator.
Michael Price has been a staff writer at Science Careers since 2011 and covers a range of career-related issues including discrimination, workforce economics, and skills development.