1999: Opening Lab Doors to Women

July 24, 2016

50 Years of Covers

In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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D iscrimination against female academics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while not conscious or willful, amounted to "many small factors that work slightly against women and accumulate over time, so that a little less ends up eventually being a lot less," said one member of an institutional panel that produced a report acknowledging the problem. The investigation — prompted by a complaint by Nancy Hopkins, a professor of biology — led to heightened awareness not only at MIT but also on campuses around the country. The lasting effects in the sciences have been open to question, but the MIT report did open lab doors.