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Where are the women?

December 5, 2008

I’m sitting in the New Frontiers 3 AO Community Workshop at the Greenbelt Mariott this morning, surrounded by sixty or so senior scientists and proposal managers. Six or so of us are female.

Where are the women?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Spike permalink
    December 16, 2008 1:53 am

    My experience at the last Discovery Preproposal Conference supports Susan K’s hypothesis: most of the attendees were either proposal managers or reps from prime contractors like LM. There were very few PI/Co-I types in attendance. Makes sense since the focus of this type of meeting is on proposal requirements, not science objectives.

  2. Susan K permalink
    December 9, 2008 1:10 pm

    FYI Susan, a number of women (based on names) had Web-ex’d in to this. So it may not be lack of interest or expertise, so much as a lack of discretionary money – recall, this is a meeting people come to on their own dime. ALSO worth noting, were there ANY PI types in the room do you think? I really think most of the in-person people were the engineers from industry – people whose org’s might have money to send them to what is in essence a bidders conference. Universities (the home of PIs and team members) do not.

  3. kelsi permalink*
    December 7, 2008 6:14 pm

    I hope to be at one of these someday!

  4. squawky permalink
    December 5, 2008 12:04 pm

    Not surprised, must admit (reminds me of many of my undergrad classes, to be honest).

    Out of curiosity, what would you estimate the average age is? (Wondering if you’re seeing what is left of the “old boys” club, or if there’s another reason for not having so many women in the room).

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