Women pursuing careers in entomology face persistent challenges in obtaining jobs compared to men, according to a new study analyzing career tracks of recent entomology doctoral graduates. Among entomologists obtaining Ph.D.s between 2001 and 2018, significantly more men than women held industry positions as technical representatives and research scientists as of 2021. Across job categories, women outpaced men only in nonfaculty university positions. Meanwhile, men published significantly more research articles than women during their graduate programs and then went on to attain higher measures of publishing volume and influence.
Meet Lauren Esposito, Ph.D., arachnologist and curator at the California Academy of Sciences and co-creator of 500 Queer Scientists, a grassroots visibility campaign for LGBTQ+ people and allies in STEM and beyond.
Four women currently serve in the Entomological Society of America's president, vice president, vice president-elect, and immediate past president roles—a first in the Society's history. In a Q&A, learn more about these leaders and their perspectives on the entomology profession, their advice for career success, their favorite insects, and much more.
Science societies including the Entomological Society of America are partnering on a new project funded by the National Science Foundation to address the underrepresentation of Native Americans in biological sciences.