Minorities in STEM

Addressing Gender Imbalance in Biotechnology Requires a Change in Recruitment and Hiring Practices

Holding recruiters and hiring managers accountable for increasing women in STEM at all organization levels is an important strategy for making much needed progress.
— By Debra Jenkins

The gender gap in the global biotechnology industry persists, proving the stubbornness and real impact of unconscious and cultural biases. In 1997, a Bioventure Women in Biotechnology Survey reported 15 percent of the top 100 publicly held biotech companies had women in top management and 5 percent had female CEOs. Zooming ahead to 2014, the UK executive recruitment firm Liftstream's survey of 1,500 public companies in Europe and the U.S. found that female-held leadership ....