The gender divide in science is well documented. Not only do fewer females study science subjects at school and University, the percentage gets smaller the further on you look in a scientist’s career.
According to research from Catalyst, just over a third of PhD graduates in the sciences were women in 2010, but women made up 23 per cent of mid-level academics and 11 per cent of those at a senior level.
There are undoubtedly many factors playing into why women are not reaching these high-achieving academic positions. But one of the reasons comes down to the direct behaviour of their colleagues. And, in at least one case, it can impact the researcher for the rest of their career.
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