Women pursuing scientific careers need mentors, physician leader argues

03/25/2014 | Huffington Post, The

Physician Laurie H. Glimcher, one of five female scientists receiving the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award, took to science at an early age. However, she writes, the transition from childhood enthusiasm to building a scientific career is problematic for many women, who are three times less likely than men to pursue a career in science, according to a recent L’Oreal Foundation report. Young women need viable role models and mentors to overcome stereotypes and contribute to the development of better solutions to the problems of health care, writes Glimcher, who is provost for medical affairs of Cornell University, among other roles. "We need them to be the scientific leaders of tomorrow."

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