Women are now earning half the doctorates in life sciences but are still in the minority with regard to becoming department chairs and even full professors.
Many have attributed the lack of senior women scientists to a “leaky pipeline,” in that women leave the field more frequently than men at every career stage. This view, however, obscures the fact that many women stall on the life sciences career ladder early on. For example, women make up only one-third of associate professors (the approximate equivalent of middle management) in academic medicine. This suggests that about 10 years after entering the profession, many have not advanced.