10-15 March 2019
Steinmatte conference center
Europe/Zurich timezone

The STEM paradox: Factors affecting diversity in STEM fields

13 Mar 2019, 11:00
20m
Steinmatte conference center

Steinmatte conference center

Hotel Allalin, Saas Fee, Switzerland https://allalin.ch/conference/
Plenary Track 1: Computing Technology for Physics Research Plenary

Speaker

Dr Isabelle D Cherney (Merrimack University)

Description

Women obtain more than half of U.S. undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry, and mathematics, yet they earn less than 20% of computer science, engineering, and physics undergraduate degrees (NSF, 2014). Why are women represented in some STEM fields more than others? The STEM Paradox and the Gender Equality Paradox show that countries with greater gender equality have a lower percentage of female STEM graduates. This phenomenon as well as other factors explaining gender disparities in STEM participation will be discussed.

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