Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

The stigma for women to pursue STEM careers starts at an early age. Stereotypes about the difficulty of certain subjects and subtle cultural and societal cues about “masculine” and “feminine” subject matter discourage girls from pursuing these studies. Also, technology toys and video games tend to be designed and marketed for boys rather than girls. According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology, high school girls associate computer science with “male geeks,” and tend to avoid science and technology clubs and activities.

In higher education and STEM careers, women often report feeling isolated, marginalized and hampered by a lack of female mentors and role models. More effort is needed to encourage women to pursue advanced studies and careers in STEM through networking, hiring more women into positions of seniority and instituting parent-friendly advanced degree programs and research projects.

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By Rebecca Chaleff*Last Thursday, September 22nd, I went to CUNY Graduate Center’s event, “Women in Science: Negotiating a Successful...
*By Kate MeyerLast week Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Preeta Bansal...
Female students have long surpassed their male peers in the rates at which they seek higher education. Yet across sectors, women’s...
By Londa Schiebinger and Lori Nishiura MackenzieORIGINALLY POSTED MAY 23, 2010 ON THE HUFFINGTON POSTThe Telegraph picked up a recently...

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  • June 10, 2011

    Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) analyzed grant applications to determine whether there is a correlation between the  sex of the applicants and the award of NIH grant funding. The study determined that success and...


  • May 30, 2011

    According to the National Science Foundation (NSF), African-Americans earn only 1 percent of Ph.D.’s in physics. This blog post discusses a May 2011 NSF workshop focused on collaboration in the sciences with the express purpose of increasing the...


  • October 26, 2010

    Association for Psychological Science: A new study by psychological scientists answers the question of why women are underrepresented in STEM fields. Conclusions show that main factors include personal choice, and child-bearing years.


  • September 8, 2010

    The Australian: The gender pay equity gap between women and men is rising in Australia, and is now at 18%.  In addition, results from a new survey of members of the Australian Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers show...


  • July 16, 2010

    Miller-McCune: A new report in Psychological Science, argue women perceive STEM careers (those in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as largely incompatible with one of their core goals: engaging in work that helps others...