Academia Challenges for Women in STEM: Training, Discrimination, and Policy
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Academic training in the sciences is designed to prepare students to develop an independent and rigorous mindset based on the scientific method. And yet, severe gender biases persist and continue to plague academic environments.
There are several hurdles women face when they attempt to advance in their science careers. From institutional barriers, cultural challenges, persistent biases, to failed policies, women are still struggling to compete with their male counterparts. According to a 2015 study, women are more likely to have unconventional career paths and are at a higher risk of leaving the academic track due to personal factors (Ramos et al., 2015).
A recent report by Elsevier (2017) showed that while the number of women researchers in academia has increased in the last 20 years, women researchers publish fewer papers and are less likely to collaborate internationally or to engage in cross sector research. This report collected data from 27 countries for over 20 years. On the other hand, a study on gender inequality in Mexico found that when factors such as promotion to senior academic ranks and institutional selectivity are controlled for, women produce higher quality research than men (Rivera Leon et al., 2016). However, these women are underrepresented in labs that are lead by elite male faculty. In labs run by biological male scientists, women made up 36% of postdoctoral researchers and 47% of grad students (Sheltzer & Smith, 2014).
At this event we will present the findings of the Elsevier report Gender in the Global Research Landscape, including case studies of global and local programs, and will host a panel with scientists in academia and in non-academic enterprises to discuss the challenges women in academia face when pursuing careers in STEM. Panelists will also discuss examples of successful initiatives to advance women in STEM. The audience will have a chance to engage with the speakers and panelists during the panel and at the networking reception.
This event is open to the scientific community and will be broadcast via webinar.
Event: 6:00-8:30 PM | Reception: 8:30-9:30 PM
Sheltzer JM, Smith JC (2014) Elite male faculty in the life sciences employ fewer women. PNAS 111 (28): 1017-10112.
Elsevier Report (2017) Gender in the Global Research Landscape
Rivera de Leon L, Mairesse J, Cowan R (2016) An econometric investigation of the productivity gender gap in Mexican research, and a simulation study of the effects on scientific performance of policy scenarios to promote gender equality. United Nations-Merit
Gonzalez Ramos AM, Navarrete Cortes J, Cabrera Moreno E (2015) Dancers in the dark: scientific careers according to a gender blind model of promotion. Interdiscip Sci Rev 20 (2): 182-203.
Speakers and Panelists
September 07, 2017