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June 8, 2018 at 8:18 am

Less than One-Fourth of Paleontologists are Women, Early Notes in Smithsonian

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Catherine Early

The Smithsonian quoted Biological Sciences graduate student Catherine Early in a story headlined “The Many Ways Women Get Left Out of Paleontology.”

Yet while generations of researchers have chipped away at the male-dominated culture of paleontology, a gap remains. Women today make up nearly half of student members in organizations like the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, but, Ohio University paleontologist Catherine Early notes, less than one-quarter of professional members—people with staff jobs like curator or professor—are women. The reasons range from subtle discrimination to direct sexual harassment, but they are all interrelated. From the classroom to the field, women are still trying to dig out from the attitude that paleontology is a boys’ club.

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