“Leaky pipeline”

Argentinian women in science boast high numbers, but not in elite positions

University professor Julieta Nafissi works in her scientists project at the biotechnology lab of the UADE (Universidad Argentina de la Empresa) in Buenos Aires on September 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

In Argentina, 39 percent of professional astronomers are women – a number higher than most countries around the world – but they still face “machismo in the air.” A new essay from Wired examines the reasons why the country hasn’t escaped sexism within the field. At the lowest levels of research, it’s a 50/50 split between the genders and though the salaries are standardized, meaning men and women are paid the same amount, there are only two women at the highest level. Keeping them from the highest positions is the same issue that inhibits American women in science: raising a family. “If you have a family and are raising kids and other things, it’s hard. Too hard,” said astronomer Gloria Dubner of the Institute of Astronomy and Space Physics (IAFE) in Buenos Aires. Adding to the disproportion is the “leaky pipeline” that edges women out; reasons that include family responsibilities, discrimination, and lack of female role models.

Read the full story at Wired.

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