A Record Number of Women Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences recently announced the election of 100 new members. This year, 40 of the new members are women, the most ever elected to the academy in a single year.

Twelve Women Assistant Professors Named 2019 Cottrell Scholars

These awards provide $100,000 to each recipient identified as a leader in integrating science teaching and research at a top U.S. research university or a primarily undergraduate institution.

Women Make Big Strides at the National Academy of Engineering

It appears that there are 33 women among the 83 new members of the National Academy of Engineering. This is a huge increase from a year ago, when 19 women were among the 83 new members.

First-Year Women Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Of the 287 high-ranking universities for which we have data, women were a majority of the entering students at 18 schools. Three years ago, women were a majority of the first-year students at only 11 high-ranking universities.

First-Year Women Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

Of the 21 high-ranking liberal arts colleges for which we have data, women were a majority of the entering students at 20 schools. A year ago, women were a majority of the entering students at only 13 schools. This is a major development.

Fourteen Women “Geniuses” Win MacArthur Fellowships

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation has announced the selection of 25 individuals in this year’s class of MacArthur Fellows. Fourteen women are among the 25 new MacArthur Fellows.

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  • The Gender Gap in College Participation Rates

    The Gender Gap in College Participation Rates

    Dec. 11, 2019 - In October 2018, there were 13,421,000 women between the ages of 18 and 24 in the United States. Of these, 50.2 percent were enrolled in postsecondary education. For men in this age group, 44.7 percent were enrolled in postsecondary education. A similar college participation gap existed for 2018 high school
  • Why Do Women Choose College Majors With Lower Earnings Potential Than Men?

    Why Do Women Choose College Majors With Lower Earnings Potential Than Men?

    Dec. 11, 2019 - The study by Natasha Quadlin, a sociologist at Ohio State University, found that when men and women both prioritize economic returns in their preferences for a major, men still choose majors that pay more. But even when men and women prioritized other preferences for their major – such as helping
  • Harvard Medical School Study Ties Societal Gender Inequality to Perceptual Bias Against Women

    Harvard Medical School Study Ties Societal Gender Inequality to Perceptual Bias Against Women

    Dec. 11, 2019 - The authors suggest that men living in countries with low gender equality are prone to cognitive “lumping” that obscures individual differences. The effect is similar to earlier research that shows that people tend to overlook interpersonal variations in the faces of people from races other than their own.
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