This morning I stepped off the elevator and saw the seminar announcements for MCDB’s assistant professor search. All 5 of the next few seminars are women and 50% of our 12 applicants are women. This line of women’s photos was inspiring and a little surprising.
Women are still a minority in at the faculty level in biological sciences. See graphic here and the graph below of senior faculty.
Recent studies have suggested that 3 characteristics make teams solve problems best whether in person or online:
1. Equal contribution of all members of the team
2. Emotional intelligence
3. Having more women (not just 50%)
Diversity will make science better. Not just women either; we need diversity in personalities, race and perspectives.