More women are pursuing degrees in science, and these graduates constitute the youngest, more-recently trained scientists in their disciplines (Hornig, 1984). However, little is known about the professional characteristics and responsibilities of women scientists working in an academic setting. Most current research examines sex discrimination, sex role stereotypes, and sex biases (Butler & Marzone, 1980). However, Dresselhaus (1984), stresses the importance of studying the responsibilities of women scientists. Specifically, she studied the responsibilities of women faculty in engineering schools. At the same time, with regard to women in the agricultural sciences at universities, little descriptive information is available.
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