Careers in Microbiology\

pyro pyro at novia.net
Thu Oct 22 19:04:06 EST 1998

While completing my undergraduate in biology, I noticed that the department was
nearly 75% female, and most of these women were *not* nursing or physical
therapy majors, but women who planned to go on either to graduate or medical
school programs. It became a joke among some of us that "biology is women's
work". Not true of course (hold those flames, please!!) but still humorous at
the time.
Just my 2 cents worth.

Amanda Boucher

Kristie Haley wrote:

> In my experience with the classes that I have attended and lecture groups
> that I have participated in, I would say men still out number women in the
> biology field.  I have more women in some of my science classes the men and
> I was suprised at this until I found out that alot of the lower level
> courses are also pre-requistes for nursing and physical therapy majors.  It
> accounted for 85% of the women in my classes.  Now that I am in my
> upperdivision studies, I see fewer and fewer women.
> Just another perspective on it.
> Kristie
> Owl <102644.2132 at compuserve.com> wrote in message
> <362D28C5.49AF at compuserve.com>...
> >Shaft wrote:
> >> That's very objective of you. But I think we can safely assume that the
> >> internet and the majority of biology departments and divisions is heavily
> >> gender-biased towards the male side.
> >
> >I wonder why you assume that.  When I was in grad school (many years
> >ago),
> >the ratio in the biology department was nearly 1:1.  Now in the
> >workforce,
> >the majority of biology-degreed applicants I see are female.  (The
> >converse is
> >true in engineering.)
> >    The studies I've seen do indicate that Usenet is biased toward
> >males.  This
> >may have many reasons.  (My computer account at work, for instance,
> >blocks
> >Usenet.  If I had no personal account, I wouldn't be in this
> >discussion.  Is
> >there a gender gap in personal accounts?)  But the gender gap in Usenet
> >use
> >does not imply a similar gap in biology degrees or employment.
> >
> >........Owl (F)
> >P.S.  If you want to spam block, you should put the block in the domain
> >name.
> >Otherwise, your server (*.edu) still has to process the mail.

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