ERIC Number: ED469030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Women Physicists Speak: The 2001 International Study of Women in Physics.
Ivie, Rachel; Czujko, Roman; Stowe, Katie
The Working Group on Women in Physics of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) subcontracted with the American Institute of Physics to conduct an international study of women in physics in two phases. The first part was a benchmarking study to identify reliable sources and collect data on the representation of women in physics in as many IUPAP member countries as possible. The second part was an international survey of women physicists. The survey addressed issues related to education and employment. Country-level data and anecdotal information was collected from 34 countries. Individual responses were received from more than 1,000 women physicists in 54 countries. Most of the respondents said they developed an interest in physics during or before they were in secondary school, a finding that emphasizes the importance of the opportunity to study physics at an early age. Respondents felt they had generally positive experiences as undergraduates and as graduate students. About one-third thought that they had progressed more slowly in their careers than their colleagues had, and those who had children were more likely to think their careers were slower to progress. The factor most frequently cited by women physicists as contributing to their success was the support of their families, and many also mentioned the support of advisors, teachers, and colleagues. Among the barriers that were cited were problems of balancing child care with the demands of a scientific career. (Contains 15 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Career Choice, College Students, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Females, Higher Education, Physics, Science Interests, Sex Discrimination, Student Interests, Surveys
For full text: http://www.aip.org/statistics/trends/reports/iupap.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Energy, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: American Inst. of Physics, College Park, MD. Statistical Research Center.