Gen­der bal­ance boosts grad­u­a­tion rates

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A new study ad­dresses the long­stand­ing prob­lem of women be­ing un­der-rep­re­sented in the top lev­els of sci­en­tific fields by find­ing that hav­ing more women start­ing out in a doc­toral pro­gramme leads to higher grad­u­a­tion rates for fe­male stu­dents. The study, by re­searchers at Ohio State Uni­ver­sity, cov­ered all 2,541 stu­dents who en­rolled in 33 doc­toral pro­grammes in sci­en­tific fields at six Ohio pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties be­tween 2005 and 2016. The re­search sug­gests that hav­ing more fe­male col­leagues in a class helps women, re­gard­less of the spe­cific ob­sta­cles that fe­male sci­en­tists face in their class­rooms and in their lives, and could give uni­ver­si­ties a fo­cus in their bid to tackle gen­der gaps in science.

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