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Sexual harassment of US women in science is widespread and is worst in medicine, report says

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2603 (Published 13 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2603
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

Sexual harassment of women is rampant in US academic sciences and is worst in medicine, says a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.1 Systemic change is needed to create a diverse and welcoming scientific environment, it warns.

Harassment causes “significant damage to research integrity and a costly loss of talent” and should be considered “equally important as research misconduct in terms of its effect on the integrity of research,” the report said.

“Decades of research demonstrate how quality and innovation in business and science benefit from having a diverse workforce,” it said. “Thus, the cumulative effect of sexual harassment is a significant and costly loss of talent in academic science, engineering, and medicine, which has consequences for advancing the …

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