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Physics, Women in

Physics is a discipline of natural sciences defined as “the scientific study of matter and their interactions using the electromagnetic, gravitational and nuclear forces of nature.” Historically, the percentage of women contributing to new discoveries in physics and academic teaching of physics has been considerably less than the percentage of men. Despite the modern feminist movement, the number of women in physics continues to be less than the number of men, particularly in leadership positions. As there is no rational reason for women to trail men in achieving new scientific discoveries or excel in academic teaching, the cause of this trend is attributed to existing gender biases in the perception and practice of science. Thus, increasing the number of women in physics as well as ...

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