Fighting for Equality in Science’s ‘Utopia’
Women earn half of biological science degrees, but few advance to San Diego’s prestigious Salk Institute, established in the 1960s as a loosely governed research “utopia.” In 2017, just 16 percent of senior faculty were female, so women sued to break up an “old boys’ club” they claim limits their grant opportunities and lab space. One litigant lost her position, but last year, #MeToo accusations derailed one of the lab’s top scientists.
What has changed? A new generation of leadership appears more nurturing of women’s careers, but Salk’s consensus-based governance may make progress elusive.
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