Women in Science Receive Less in Grants Study Shows

A new study by researchers at Northwestern University found outstanding pay disparities between men and women in science. On average, women receive $41,000 less than men in federal grant money. The study also found the pay disparity to be much more significant at the nation’s Ivy Leagues, with Yale and Brown having granted men $68,000 to $76,000 more than women.

The National Institutes of Health released a statement on the study’s findings after it was revealed the department has awarded female researchers about $126,600, while their male counterparts received $167,700. “We have and continue to support efforts to understand the barriers and factors faced by women scientists and to implement interventions to overcome them.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association published the study, and it’s co-author Dr. Teresa K. Woodruff of Northwestern University, said women being awarded less money puts them at a disadvantage. “It means women are working harder to get to the same level as men. If we had the same footing, the engine of science would move a little faster toward the promise of basic science and medical cures.” About 54,000 grants awarded between 2006 and 2017 were analyzed for this study.

The Realist Woman’s take:

At this point, the results of a study like this don’t surprise me. It’s become all too common to see the words women and pay disparity in the same sentence or headline. So while gender pay disparities are the norm, a study like this does make the public aware of this discrimination against women, it calls out those responsible for the disparities and hopefully, day by day, year by year and through the changing of laws these disparities will lessen.

Adding on to what Dr. Woodruff, co-author of the study, said, medical science is at risk and all due to the fact that women in this field are not awarded the same grants. The possible medical cures, research opportunities and jobs lost due to the fact that female scientists are not as valued as their male counterparts is pathetic. Women are just as capable of groundbreaking medical advancements as men are. Let’s give them what they deserve in terms of funding.