Women have made huge advances in many professions, but architecture remains a man's world.

Nearly half of architecture school graduates are women, but only 18% of licensed practitioners are women, reports Despina Stratigakos, associate professor and interim chair of architecture at the University at Buffalo, in a column for the Los Angeles Times. Stratigakos is the author of “Where Are the Women Architects?

Confronted with lower salaries, given fewer career-building opportunities and lacking mentors, female architects leave the field in disturbingly high numbers.

A recent survey found that almost a third of the women who had left architecture said the lack of role models was the deciding factor.

Read Stratigakos' column to learn more.

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