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Science: it's a role model thing

Chris Gunter

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Girlscientist Consulting, Atlanta, GA 30033, USA

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Genome Biology 2013, 14:105  doi:10.1186/gb-2013-14-2-105

Published: 14 February 2013

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It seems like an obvious, intuitive statement, and indeed people state it everywhere as such. Girls are more likely to enter and stay in a scientific career if they have female role models who are successful in science or math; ergo, female scientists should make all efforts to serve as role models. But is it actually true?