Articles & News
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Publications and Fact Sheets
AAUW Report: Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, and Mathematics
AWIS Fact Sheets and Presentations, including "Myths about Women in STEM" and "Graduate Women in STEM" (STEM=Science, Technology, and Mathematics)
AWIS Statistics Section: Statistics on the status of women in science.
Yale Study on Implicit Gender Bias in the hiring of science post-docs. This study found that both male and female faculty showed subconscious bias against women as scientists and that these biases affected their decision whether to hire a fictional average post-doctoral candidate. Reviewers who viewed themselves as objective were more likely to exhibit gender bias than reviewers who were aware of their biases.
Computer Simulation demonstrating how small bias effects can amplify the gender difference at higher levels in the workplace. Gender bias effects in performance reviews have been shown to produce a disparity of 1-5%. The study found that over several promotion cycles, a systematic difference in performance reviews of 1% can produce a gender disparity of 65-35 after 8 promotion cycles, while a 5% difference produced a 75-25 spread.
Why we Resist Unconscious Bias - A discussion on the AAS Women blog on unconscious bias, and why many scientists are reluctant to acknowledge its possibility.
Bias against Women and Minorities Starts Before Grad School - A Scientific American article about a study demonstrating a bias in professors' response rates to an email asking about "research opportunities."
Women in STEM Symposium at Princeton - Article summarizing key points that arose at Princeton's 2014 Women in STEM Symposium
Moving Past Gender Barriers to Negotiate A Raise - New York Times article outlining negotiating strategies for women and the special challenges they may face
The Problem When Sexism Sounds so Darn Friendly - a Scientific American article about the dangers of "benevolent sexism," or why comments that stereotype women while being complimentary can still hinder equality for women.
Why Are There Still So Few Women In Science? (Oct 2013) - General New York Times article with emphasis on physics
"Imposters" Downshift Career Goals - An article describing how Imposter Syndrome affects career choices over other factors such as concerns over family-friendliness. Imposter syndrome affects most high-achieving academics, but disproportionally affects women and other underrepresented minorities.
The Awesomest 7-year Postdoc (Scientific American) - A physics professor's account of how she reached tenure while maintaining balance and perspective
Pregnancy Penalty and the Scientist - An article about attitudes about parenting, pregnancy, and family leave in the sciences.