Beyond family and societal attitudes to retain women in science

Publication Type:

Journal Articles


Current Science, CURRENT SCIENCE ASSOCIATION, Volume 100, Number 1, p.43–48 (2011)



Organizational factors, perception, retention, societal attitudes, women scientists.


Several reports earlier have focused on providing facilities for women scientists based on the premise that family and societal factors are responsible for women dropping out of science. The views of male scientists who constitute the majority in science reflect these popularly held notions. However, the present study points towards systemic biases that operate at the organizational level as a significant contributing factor. The study sample represents the diversity among women scientists and includes men scientists, emphasizing the need for policies to take into consideration the differences across these groups.