Women in Science snapshot statistics

The Association for Women in the Sciences, in association with Dr Belinda Bray of The University of Auckland, have produced a new booklet giving a snapshot of women in science in New Zealand in 2011.

Key findings of the report show:

  • When science is compulsory at school, female students do well across the board but routinely choose the biological sciences above physics or chemistry when given the option.
  • Women with a BSc or PhD earn $30,000 less on average than men with the same qualification level, due to an over-representation in lower paid jobs.
  • Women are still under-represented at higher levels of University employment (Professor/Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer) although they are gaining ground at lower levels.
  • Women are also under-represented at the level of decision making and funding allocation.
  • Women scientists are not gaining the same degree of recognition as males with few awarded the top prizes in New Zealand science.

A pdf copy of the booklet can be downloaded here.