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Title: Women in physics in South Africa: The story to 2008
Authors: Diale, M
Buchner, SJ
Buthelezi, Z
Gledhill, I
Grayson, DJ
Kgabi, NA
Keywords: Physics
Personal professional development
Women in Physics in South Africa Project
Issue Date: Oct-2008
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Citation: Diale, M, Buchner, SJ, Buthelezi, Z et al. 2008. Women in physics in South Africa: The story to 2008. 3rd IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics, Seoul (South Korea), 8–10 October 2008, pp 169-170
Abstract: Overall about 40% of South African researchers in science, engineering, and technology are women, but the percentage of women in the physical sciences is significantly lower. In 2006, it appeared that about 16% of the 500 members of the South African Institute of Physics were women. Many of the issues of women in physics in South Africa parallel those of black physicists, including discrimination, both conscious and unconscious, in hiring and in awarding grants. The situation is slowly improving with the advent of policies aimed at redress and with far-reaching joint projects from the South African Department of Science and Technology and the South African Institute of Physics. Women in Physics in South Africa Project (WiPiSA), launched in 2005, aims to stimulate an increased interest in physics among girls and women, and assist in removing or overcoming obstacles to the study of physics and to work in physics-related careers. WiPiSA conducted a baseline survey of women who graduated with postgraduate degrees in physics between 1995 and 2005, and a surprisingly large database of 188 women has been formed. WiPiSA has also overseen a number of additional projects aimed at students, teachers, physics departments, and graduates
Description: Copyright: 2008 American Institute of Physics
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3518
ISBN: 978-0-7354-0645-2
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