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Female Scientists Receive Half as Much Funding as Male Scientists

Female Scientists Receive Half as Much Funding as Male Scientists

Young women and girls are being encouraged to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) more than ever before.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, women hold less than 25 percent of jobs in STEM.

However, while getting women interested in STEM careers is relatively simple, it's what happens once they actually begin those careers that are preventing women from succeeding.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of American Medial Association, young male scientists get a substantial financial leg up at the beginning of their careers, receiving a median of $889,000 in startup support for their first project from the research institution they're affiliated with.

This is a big setback for women since this is the money that these brand-new scientists use to build out their labs and women have to wait on additional finding from federal or private sources.

"These are the things that make your career hard or easy," Nancy Hopkins, a retired MIT professor, told the Globe, according to New York magazine.

"[Women] are going to have to work harder to make up for that."

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