Former scientists at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development claim its recent director, Dr. Constantine Stratakis, discriminated against women and neglected female reproductive studies. Science reporter Meredith Wadman notes in this provocative article that although some staffers dispute his critics, statistics clearly show a shrinking number of women assigned to important positions, a lack of funding for woman-led research projects, workplace harassment and an inadequate recruitment program for female scientists. Dr. Stratkis’s 2020 departure could signal a new era of female acceptance, but tenure wheels turn slowly, so only time will tell whether that happens.
About the Author
Before joining Science, Meredith Wadman reported on medical research for Nature, and has written about biotech and biomedical policy issues for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and Fortune.
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