Gender, Science and Innovation
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Gender, Science and Innovation

New Perspectives

Edited by Helen Lawton Smith, Colette Henry, Henry Etzkowitz and Alexandra Poulovassilis

Gender, Science and Innovation explores the contemporary challenges facing women scientists in academia and develops effective strategies to improve gender equality. Addressing an important gap in current knowledge, chapters offer a range of international perspectives from diverse contexts, countries and institutional settings. This book is an essential contribution to the literature for academics, researchers and policy makers concerned with improving gender equality in academia and seeking to learn from the experiences of others.
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Chapter 7: Resistance to women in academic medicine

Laurel D. Edmunds


While medicine is attracting women and men equally at undergraduate level, academic medicine remains dominated by a masculine ethos. Although numbers of women are gradually increasing, many women remain in the lower ranks. The culture of academic medicine may share characteristics with other science and business environments, so by considering the research looking at women’s perspectives on working in this field, light may be shed on why women enter, remain in or leave such cultures. This chapter explores the attractions, or discouragements, and some of the psychological perspectives of how women regard the culture and how the culture regards them once they are in post.

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