Most science professors are white or Asian males, reported Ed Yong in The Atlantic.
Furthermore, women and underrepresented minorities are less likely than white and Asian men to be interested in faculty careers.
Readers responded: So what? It’s patronizing to assume that “women and minorities are wrong about their own interests and priorities,” one wrote.
A postdoc recalled trying to persuade two black female lab techs to go to graduate school.
They told us that we were women in our early thirties who couldn’t afford to buy houses or have children, who spent our nights and weekends working, who didn’t have retirement savings, and who were still struggling to get permanent jobs. Why on earth would they want to be like us?
A black scientist who left a Harvard immunology lab for Big Pharma said the biggest issue is pay. After three years at the lab, he earned $32,000. He started in the pharmaceutical industry at $70,000; after a year, he was earning $90,000 with shorter hours.