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Title: Science And The Gender Gap
Date: 09/25/2006
Publication: MSNBC Newsweek
Editor: Barbara Kantrowitz and Julie Scelfo
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A generation ago, women physicists and chemists were rare in the lab, but their number is increasing every year

To get a sense of how women have progressed in science, take a quick tour of the physics department at the University of California, Berkeley. This is a storied place, the site of some of the most important discoveries in modern science—starting with Ernest Lawrence's invention of the cyclotron in 1931. A generation ago, female faces were rare and, even today, visitors walking through the first floor of LeConte Hall will see a full corridor of exhibits honoring the many distinguished physicists who made history here, virtually all of them white males.