The Future for Women in Science: Thoughts on Leadership and Tech Transfer

Dr. Sue Rosser offers a perspective on gender balance challenges that lie ahead and strategies to start facing them now.

For the last 35 years, Dr. Sue Rosser has studied the issues facing women in science. Her extensive experience with gender balance problems of past and present has given her insight into what may be around the corner and what needs to change, starting now. “The obstacles persist,” she says. “They may be presented in different language that’s less overt, but they’re not entirely gone.” Her practical case studies, assembled from the responses of 450 women scientists and engineers at different career stages, provide examples of small, concrete actions that might help ease the imbalance. This is advice for women researchers, but also for their mentors, for university leaders and even for the investors who could be funding their research.


Credits: Sonoma State University

Dr. Rosser is currently serving as Provost of San Francisco State University and recently spoke to Stanford community members attending a forum hosted by Stanford WISE Ventures, an initiative to advance gender equity in science and engineering fields throughout the university. She gave a talk called “Beyond Breaking into the Lab: Next Steps in Progress and Recommendations for Leading in Science, Engineering and Equity”. Here, in three parts, is her perspective on the landscape awaiting women in science, in terms of bringing their research to market and leading ever more. 

The Future for Women in Science:

1 – Too Few Women Patenting

2 – Getting More Tech Transferred

3 – Wanted: More Female Leadership