A BBC report from Hannah Richardson, suggests that women are being put off working in and studying science by “subtle” messages in the media and society
“UKRC research suggests women scientists are stereotyped. They are portrayed as either frumpy, glasses-wearing cartoon geeks or uber-sexy, Bond-film glamour pusses – who shake their hair out of their specs once they have split the atom.”
Even if women are determined to find their place at an academic institution, problems can arise if they decide to have children.
“The problem is you have to keep up with the latest research and when it comes to getting a grant you are judged by how many papers you have produced.”