Report: MIT Makes Strides With Women Scientists

A new report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says the university has succeeded in attracting more women to its science and engineering faculties, but questions remain about the equity of women professors.

The report released Monday was in response to two previous studies about a decade ago that found that the few women faculty members at MIT often felt marginalized.

The new report found that the number of women on the science and engineering faculties has increased from 46, or about 7 percent of the total in 1995, to 112, or about 17 percent in 2011.

The new study also says the women are reporting more positive experiences at the school.

There are still tensions, including concern over a perception that hiring and promotion standards are lower for women.

This program aired on March 21, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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