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Where are all the women in international, scientific collaborations?
As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, and as technology makes it easier to talk to each other across continents, the field of science is becoming more and more global. International collaboration among scientists isontherise, according to a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
But even such broad collaboration is subject to gender biases that are embedded in the very structure and culture of global science, says KathrinZippel, who is a professor of sociology at Northeastern University. Another UNESCO report shows that women compriselessthan30percent of the world’s researchers.
“When we talk about the underrepresentation of women in STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] fields, we’re dealing with a global phenomenon. Global science and academia are the new frontiers for women,” Zippel says.