During those five years, women, on average, comprised 13% of the nominees but 16% of the national award recipients. It should also be noted that the percentage of national awards received by industrial chemists (14%) in 2016 was much larger than the percentage of nominations (6%) from this group. The data clearly indicate that the underrepresentation of women and industrial chemists among recipients of ACS national awards can be linked to their underrepresentation in the pool of nominations for these awards. The percentage of women among nominations for national awards is roughly half of their percentage of ACS membership. Further evidence that the lack of nominations is a major source of the problem can be found by noting that there were no nominations of women for as many as 16 of the national awards for the 2014 through 2016 award cycles.
by George M. Bodner, Chair, And Valerie J. Kuck, Past-Chair, ACS Board Committee On Grants & Awards |
February 22, 2016