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Figure G-1. Female share of S&E postdoctoral fellows, by field: 1996 and 2006

Figure Updated: December 2008

Figure G-1. Female share of S&E postdoctoral fellows, by field: 1996 and 2006.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering, 1996 and 2006.

Women accounted for a rising share of postdocs in all fields except computer sciences and in 2006 represented one-third of all S&E postdocs, up from 29% in 1996.

  • More than half (53%) of psychology postdocs, 46% of social sciences postdocs, and 41% of biological sciences postdocs were women.
  • Fewer than 25% of postdocs in computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences were women.

Related Information

Table G-2. S&E postdoctoral fellows, by field and sex: 1999–2006

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