Why some women may choose not to enter STEM careers
Mar31

Why some women may choose not to enter STEM careers

The lack of women pursuing science careers has been a perennial hot topic. Unfortunately, scant progress has been observed in spite of a vast amount of effort on many fronts to address this inequality. Earlier this month, a special issue of Nature was devoted to the subject. Coincidentally, an attempt to unearth possible causes of this disparity was a study published earlier this month in Psychological Science, entitled “Not Lack of...

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Successful women chemists and the importance of role models
Oct20

Successful women chemists and the importance of role models

After last week’s post on why women leave science, I thought it would be appropriate to follow up with a more positive message about the women who do stay in science and have successful careers. A quick internet search on “successful women in chemistry” led to my discovery of a book with that exact title. No kidding. I checked it out of the library immediately. Successful Women in Chemistry is published by the...

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Why women leave science (and what’s being done about it)
Oct14

Why women leave science (and what’s being done about it)

Women in their mid-thirties with careers in science, engineering and technology are twice as likely to quit their jobs as men– and studies on women and work-life balance suggest that it will take more than surface-level changes to put a dent in this statistic. In 2008, the Harvard Business Review wrote about a research study that explored the reasons why women leave behind STEM careers: “The Center for Work-Life Policy, a...

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