A report has found that just 12% of the members of the national science academies around the world are women.
The national science academies grant membership to that country's most prestigious and successful scientists.
But worldwide, women are severely underrepresented in those academies.
The number of female members varies from discipline to discipline, but they're in a stark minority in every case.
The Royal Society is particularly short of female scientists. Just 6% of members of the UK's academy are women.
And it's not just because there are fewer women scientists. Women make up a much, much larger fraction of the scientific community as a whole.
It's not all disheartening news for female scientists. Women are much more likely to hold positions on the governing bodies of academies.
Tom Chivers is a science writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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