This extends beyond what most people think of when they think of “care work.” Ask most people how “important” the job of scientist is and you typically hear some variation of “very” but pay is certainly not commiserate with that perceived value. This is especially true for the life sciences where pay, perks, etc. are notably lower then in the non biological sciences and technology. This is one of the reasons I argue the ‘S’ should be taken out of STEM. It is no coincidence that women are most highly represented in the one field of science with the lowest pay and benefits. See below for more on this.

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