How often do college women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) experience sexism? And how do these experiences affect their likelihood of staying in scientific fields? In this episode we talk with Majel Baker, a counseling psychologist who investigated these questions in her doctoral dissertation. Spoiler alert: sexism is bad. But there are ways we can work to improve the situation. Plus, we have a mini-interview about what this year’s chemistry Nobel prize had to do with sustainable nanotechnology.
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE
- Majel Baker: website, Twitter
- Articles coming soon (links will be added when available): Daily Sexism Experienced by Women in STEM Majors; The power of peers: Correlates of classroom climate in undergraduate women in STEM
- Natalie Hudson-Smith: website, Twitter
- National Academies Report: Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2018)
- Cheryan, et al. Why are some STEM fields more gender balanced than others? Psychological Bulletin, 2017, 143(1) 1-35.
- Grogan, K. How the entire scientific community can confront gender bias in the workplace. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2019, 3,3-6.
- Pollack, E. What really keep women out of tech. New York Times, Oct 10, 2015.
- Rogers, M. STEM-ming the Tide. Inside Higher Ed, Nov 27, 2013.
- Resources about gender: Planned Parenthood – Sexual Orientation and Gender; GLAAD Glossary of Terms – Transgender; The Trevor Project – Trans + Gender Identity
- Liz Laudadio: website
- 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
- Sustainable Nano blog posts:
- The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology
Producer/Host: Miriam Krause