The Frugal Ecologist asks:
I really want to know what you guys think about this study about publication quantity vs. quality in males vs. females. In particular Figure 1 – so many women at the bottom… so many men at the top…
Do they control for time in the profession? You would get that picture if women have only entered into the field of ecology recently. Old guys who have been around for a while will have both more pubs and more citations, just because their work has been around longer and they’ve been around longer.
A resource you could check out is:
http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/gendertutorial/ starting with tutorial 1. It will tell you what the numbers are across multiple fields (STEM, law, medicine, etc.) and how we can interpret them (later moving on to why they got this way and how we can change things). This is a site prepared by an expert in this field, crunching down the data and making it in an easy-to-display form. The tutorials have voiceover narration that tells you the main points, and you can click around for getting more numbers if you want. Or read the transcripts. This is where I would usually point people when they want to know about this topic. Happy reading!