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.
Numerous entomologists of the past are dubbed "fathers" of particular subfields, but where are all the "mothers" in our insect science textbooks? It's time to address this historical bias with a look at several founding women in entomology—and a conversation about how we choose to honor leaders in our field.
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.
A trailblazer for women in forestry, the U.S. Forest Service's Iral Ragenovich has worked on managing more than a dozen different forest pests in her 46-year career. Get to know Ragenovich in the next installment in Entomology Today's "Behind the Science" series.
In developing countries, women make up 43 percent of the agricultural labor force, so incorporating women's input into the application of integrated pest management activities has major implications for IPM success. Ongoing research is aimed at improving equity and access in designing IPM programs.