in Science Network Symposium, hosted by the International Association for
Dental Research (IADR) in March 2015, featured discussions on efforts
surrounding the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in academics, as
well as institutional policy transformation to create a family-friendly work
symposium highlighted how women’s participation in dentistry over the past 30
years has steadily increased. Women comprise 47 percent of all dental students and
40 percent of dental residents. In the workforce, women represent 21 percent of
active professional dentists and 37 percent of professional dentists just
entering the workforce.
enrollments of dental students, advanced dental students, faculty and dental
practitioners have also steadily increased and are reaching higher numbers than
ever before. Women now represent 22 percent of dental school deans and
constitute 96 percent of dental hygiene students.
these increases, women are still underrepresented in high tiers of academic
dentistry. Evidence shows women frequently perceive the academic environment as
hostile, express low job satisfaction and struggle with balancing a career and
family without substantial institutional support. Despite the Equal Pay Act,
salary inequality between men and women is still evident across academic
appointment levels, with women medical scientists earning only 80 percent of
male median wages.
Women in the Academy: Pitfalls and
by ADEA’s Senior Scholar in Residence Jeanne C. Sinkford, D.D.S., Ph.D., summarized
the programs and opportunities offered by ADEA to assist and improve the
recruitment, retention and advancement of women in academic dentistry.
inclusive offerings support the advancement of women and provide a basis for
the admission and retention of women and minorities in academic dentistry. Some
of ADEA’s policies focus directly on gender related issues:
about these policies by viewing the presentation.
and suggested reading lists discussing the factors and interventions
influencing the careers of women in academic dentistry are available in the
By Jeanne Craig Sinkford, D.D.S.,
Ph.D., ADEA Senior Scholar in Residence, Presented at the Women in Science
Network Symposium, International Association for Dental Research, March 2015
Published on November 9, 2016.