To understand the abrupt change in the distribution of women and men biochemists in training and as teacher–scholars, the task force makes the following three recommendations:
- 1. Survey ASBMB on the progress of women in academe on a regular basis.
- 2. Survey younger biochemists to determine the factors influencing their career choices and the places trained women and men biochemists are practicing in addition to academe.
- 3. Analyze ways to make academia more acceptable to young women in biochemistry (changes to departmental academic culture, family-friendly policies, and so forth).
Elizabeth Theil (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley.