ERIC Number: ED492091
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Women Physicists Speak Again. AIP Report, Number R-441
Ivie, Rachel; Guo, Stacy
Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics
Across the world, women in physics have much in common. In almost all countries, women are largely under represented in physics. In the majority of countries for which data was obtainable for this report from reliable statistical agencies, women earned no more than one-fifth of the PhDs in physics. Many women physicists across the world also experience problems related to balancing the demands of a career in physics with the responsibilities of raising a family. In addition to these problems, there are the difficulties of dealing with discrimination, negative attitudes about women in physics, and workplace environments that are less than welcoming. To obtain information about issues that are of concern to women physicists across the world, the Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) conducted a web-based survey between May 9, 2005 and June 29, 2005. The survey topics included factors that influenced decisions to choose physics, experiences during the educational process and while working, opinions about physics, and demographic information. This study is a follow-up to a survey conducted by the Statistical Research Center in 2002 in conjunction with the First IUPAP (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics) International Conference of Women in Physics. This AIP Report presents the findings of this follow-up study. Tabular data on "Percent of Physics Bachelor's and PhD Degrees Awarded to Women in Selected Countries: 2-Year Averages" are appended. (Contains 20 tables.) [For AIP Report, Number R-440, see ED490918.]
Descriptors: Physics, Women Scientists, Surveys, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Career Choice, Influences, Undergraduate Study, Graduate Study, Science Careers, Gender Discrimination, Negative Attitudes, Marriage, Children, Family Work Relationship, Resources
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: American Inst. of Physics, College Park, MD. Statistical Research Center.