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Despite advances of women in STEM fields, it may be nearly a century before half of all STEM professors are women, according to a recent article in Science magazine.
One reason is that the proportion of women being hired is still low. At the current rate it may be 2050 by the time 50% of science and engineering new hires are female, said Deborah Kaminski, professor of mechanical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute NY and the article's co-author. Even after new hires reach 50% women, "it will likely take another 40 years before the actual population of science, engineering and math professors is 50% women," she said.
She and co-author Cheryl Geisler …