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Figure H-3. Women as a percentage of S&E doctoral degrees, full-time full professors, and full-time tenure-track faculty: 2006

Figure Updated: December 2008

Figure H-3. Women as a percentage of S&E doctoral degrees, full-time full professors, and full-time tenure-track faculty: 2006.

NOTES: Academic employment is limited to U.S. S&E doctorate holders employed at 2- or 4-year colleges or universities and does not include postdocs. For tenure or tenure-track faculty, "recent" doctorates refers to those earned within the previous 7 years. For full-time full professors, "recent" doctorates refers to those earned between 11 and 15 years prior to the survey.

SOURCES: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Survey of Doctorate Recipients: 2006

Women's share of faculty with S&E doctorates is influenced by long-term trends in S&E doctoral degree production and differs by recency of degree, marital status, and presence of children in the home.

  • In 2006, women were the same percentage of full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty as they were of S&E doctorate degree earners from 1958 to 2004.
  • Women were a lower percentage of full-time full professors in 2006 than of S&E doctorate earners in 1958–2004.
  • Women were a lower percentage of full-time full professors with children and a lower percentage of married full-time full professors than of all full-time full professors in 2006.

(For further information, see "Thirty-Three Years of Women in S&E Faculty Positions," NSF 08-308, http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf08308/.)

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