Women in STEM + news roundup

In this week’s episode we talk about and with women in STEM, and also about some of the stories that will appear in SocialGradient.org in the coming days.

Nilanjana Dasgupta

Professor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Department of Psychology

Advances in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are critical to the American economy and require a robust workforce. The scarcity of women in this workforce is a well-recognized problem, but data-driven solutions to this problem are less common. We provide experimental evidence showing that gender composition of small groups in engineering has a substantial impact on undergraduate women’s persistence. Women participate more actively in engineering groups when members are mostly female vs. mostly male or in equal gender proportions. Women feel less anxious in female-majority groups vs. minority groups, especially as first-year students. Gender-parity groups are less effective than female-majority groups in promoting verbal participation. Female peers protect women’s confidence and engineering career aspirations despite masculine stereotypes about engineering.

Female peers in small work groups enhance women’s motivation, verbal participation, and career aspirations in engineering Nilanjana Dasguptaa, Melissa McManus Scircleb, and Matthew Hunsingerc

 

News Roundup with Farooq:

Double Jeopardy: Gender Bias Against Women of Color in Science

Guatemalans deliberately infected with STDs sue Johns Hopkins University for $1bn

With federal grant, UA out to get more Native Americans into medicine

Cleaner environment does not increase economic hardship

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