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Unequalled within the caliber of its world-renowned participants, this better half serves as either a path textual content and a reference booklet around the huge spectrum of problems with challenge to the philosophy of technology.

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Table 4 shows that the women receiving POWRE awards in all 4 years represented all directorates of NSF disciplines. The success rate (percentage of applicants receiving funding) ranged from 12% to 47% among the seven directorates, and the overall success rate increased from 19% in 1997, 25% in 1998, 27% in 1999, to 33% in 2000. These success rates underline the extremely competitive nature of POWRE, since only one in five proposals received funding in the first year, and only one-third were funded in the final year.

Although the dean and upper administration have always been supportive, over the years her department has proven to be a mixed bag. Some of the older faculty, including past chairs, remained traditional and sexist, assuming that she must be more interested in marriage than field geology. At one point, she considered taking a job offered by the industry. Instead, she tried her hand at administration, serving as undergraduate director, graduate director, and eventually as associate dean for 7 years.

BThe alphabetic designation for categories B and C have been exchanged, compared with earlier papers (Rosser & Zieseniss, 2000) to present descending response percentages. cResponse 15 “no answer” is not included. TABLE 7 Categorization of Question 1 AcrossYear of Award 36 THE SCIENCE GLASS CEILING OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES 37 Table 7 shows the grouping of the responses to question 1 into four categories. Adding restrictions because of spousal situations (responses 5 and 7) to balancing work with family responsibilities (response 1) suggests that category A—pressures women face in balancing career and family—is the most significant barrier identified by women scientists and engineers regardless of directorate or year of award.

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