Women entering scientific fields have made significant progress during the last two decades. Recent statistics show that more women are entering scientific professions (Hyer, Eastman, Hrezo, & Malebranche, 1983: Ekstrom, 1979). Women Ph.D.s in science and engineering numbered only 9% in 1970, but that figure rose to 21% in 1979 (Vetter, 1984). From 1960 to 1985, women earned more than 57,000 doctorates in science and engineering, increasing their share of Ph.D.s awarded to 30% in 1984 (Vetter, 1986). Now, women constitute one-fifth of the youngest, more-recently trained scientists in their disciplines (Hornig, 1984).
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