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Discrimination Still Plagues Science


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Fifty-one percent of respondents say their institutions are doing enough to promote gender equity.

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More work is needed to address the goal of greater diversity, equity, and inclusion at scientific institutions worldwide, according to Nature's 2021 salary and job satisfaction survey.

Just 40% of respondents feel that their employers are doing enough to promote diversity, down from 51% in 2018. Almost a third of respondents say they have witnessed colleagues being subjected to discriminatory behavior, and 27% say they have experienced such treatment themselves. The survey is based on responses from more than 3,200 working scientists around the world.

The respondents reflect the relative homogeneity in science in some parts of the world. Eighty-two percent of respondents in the United Kingdom, 81% in Germany, and 74% in the United States identify themselves as white.

Some people think that the renewed emphasis on diversity and inclusion in science is overblown and misplaced. "I have recently felt that being white and middle-aged is an impediment to seeking positions such as associate dean or dean," a U.S.-based professor said.

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