WOMEN IN VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
We also analyzed SVP membership and scholarship records. Comparison of our dataset with those of other societies and meetings (CAVEPS, EAVP, NAPC, PA, PS, and SVPCA) revealed mostly similar significant gender gaps. Although initially not represented in leadership (i.e. first woman SVP president elected 1964), from 2006–2010 women achieved their highest representation, comprising nearly 50% of the Exec. Comm. Although female student awardees have held steady 34% since 2007, women have received 16% of senior awards. Women encompassed 10% of the membership until 1964, increasing to nearly 25% in 1975, expanding to 36% in 2017. Women presenting (talks, posters) at SVP annual meetings has increased from < 10% from 1940–1971 to 29% in 2017. Women first-authored 7% of JVP papers from 1981–1985, increasing to 26–32% from 2010–2017. Reasons for the underrepresentation of women VPs include challenges -- racial and gender equality, family issues and sexual harassment, revealed through research and interviews with VPs. Finally, we identify successful strategies and provide recommendations to ensure diversity and inclusiveness for paleontology and science in the future.