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The Gender Scoring Gap on the SAT College Entrance Examination

The Gender Scoring Gap on the SAT College Entrance Examination

This year women had a mean score of 539 on the reading test. This was five points higher than the mean score for men. On the mathematics section, men scored on average 542. This was 20 points higher than the mean score for women.

Berklee College of Music in Boston to Launch the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice

Berklee College of Music in Boston to Launch the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice

The new institute will focus on equity in the jazz field and on the role that jazz can play in the larger struggle for gender justice. Terri Lyne Carrington, the Zildjian Chair in Performance, is the founder and artistic director of the Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.

The Persisting Gender Gap in Poverty Rates in the United States

The Persisting Gender Gap in Poverty Rates in the United States

Women are more likely to live in poverty than men in the United States. For women who are single heads of families, more than a quarter live in poverty. Obviously, these women have major disadvantages in access to higher education, a path that might provide them a way out of poverty.

New Academic Study Finds Small Numbers of Women Portraying STEM Characters in Television and Film

New Academic Study Finds Small Numbers of Women Portraying STEM Characters in Television and Film

According to the study from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and the Lyda Hill Foundation, 62.9 percent of STEM professionals portrayed in films and on television are men.

Educated Women Are More Likely to Get Married and Stay Married Than Women With Less Education

Educated Women Are More Likely to Get Married and Stay Married Than Women With Less Education

Dr. Yue Qian of the University of British Columbia found that the proportion of marriages in which the husband had a higher level of education than his spouse dropped from 24 percent to 15 percent and marriages in which the wife had more education rose from 22 percent to 29 percent between 1980 and 2012. Women with a higher level of education were more likely to get, and stay, married.

Study Finds the Wage Penalty for Working Mothers Evaporates for Single Mothers

Study Finds the Wage Penalty for Working Mothers Evaporates for Single Mothers

Previous research has shown that in the United States, working mothers are subject to a net wage penalty of 5 to 7 percent per child. But a new study led by a sociologist at the University of Arizona found that single mothers are not penalized at work in the same way that occurs for married mothers.

Study Finds That the Math Gender Gap in Ninth Grade Is Large But It Expands Further As Girls Get Older

Study Finds That the Math Gender Gap in Ninth Grade Is Large But It Expands Further As Girls Get Older

The study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania, found that of the top 5,000 ninth graders in the American Mathematics Competitions, only 30 percent were female. In the top 500, 18 percent were female and in the top 50, 8 percent were female.

Gender Diversity Is Not a Star in the Hollywood Film Industry

Gender Diversity Is Not a Star in the Hollywood Film Industry

A study led by Stacy L. Smith, an associate professor of journalism and communication at the University of Southern California, finds that women made up just 31.8 percent of the speaking roles in the 100 top-grossing films of 2017. Women were 7.3 percent of the directors, 10.1 percent of the lead writers, and less than one percent of the composers.

Survey Offers Clues on the Persisting Gender Gap in Top Positions at the Nation's Leading Law Firms

Survey Offers Clues on the Persisting Gender Gap in Top Positions at the Nation’s Leading Law Firms

In 2016, women surpassed men in law school enrollments for the first time. But women still have a long way to go to reach equality at the top levels of the American legal profession. A new study offers some possible reasons why women tend to leave the profession before they make it to the top ranks.

Medical Schools That Are Doing Their Part to Close the Gender Gap in Faculty Ranks

Medical Schools That Are Doing Their Part to Close the Gender Gap in Faculty Ranks

The average percentage of women among all new faculty hires at U.S. medical schools for the three-year period beginning in the fall of 2013 to the spring of 2016 was 47 percent. At six medical schools, women made up at least 60 percent of new hires. But at 27 medical schools, women were less than 40 percent of new faculty hires.

New Report Finds a Gender Gap in the Numeracy Skills of Adults in the United States

New Report Finds a Gender Gap in the Numeracy Skills of Adults in the United States

The U.S. Department of Education reports that there is no gender gap between men and women in literacy rates in the United States. But men hold an edge over women in numeracy skills. Numeracy is defined as “the ability to understand and use mathematical information in a variety of life situations.”

The Gender Gap in Medical School Faculty Ranks Is Slowly Narrowing

The Gender Gap in Medical School Faculty Ranks Is Slowly Narrowing

Data from the American Association of Medical Colleges shows that women are making slow progress toward equality in faculty ranks at U.S. medical schools. Overall, women make up close to 41 percent of all faculty members but they are only 23.9 percent of all full professors.

The Gender Gap in Medical School Enrollments Is Disappearing

The Gender Gap in Medical School Enrollments Is Disappearing

New data from the Association of American Medical Colleges shows that during the 2017-18 academic year, there were 43,571 women enrolled in U.S. medical schools and 46,571 men. In 2017, for the first time in history, women outnumbered men as first-year medical school matriculants.

Women Scientists Receive More Negative Comments on YouTube Than Men

Women Scientists Receive More Negative Comments on YouTube Than Men

The data showed that 14 percent of the comments posted on videos made by women were critical, compared to just six percent for men. Nearly 5 percent of comments were related to the woman’s appearance. Only 1.4 percent of the comments on men’s videos were related to appearance.

New Report Reveals Gender Differences in Occupations Four Years After College

New Report Reveals Gender Differences in Occupations Four Years After College

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education finds that only 4.6 percent of women who graduated from college in 2008 were employed in STEM fields in 2012. For men the figure was 20.0 percent.

The Gender Gap in Mathematics Is Greatest in Affluent, Predominantly White School Districts

The Gender Gap in Mathematics Is Greatest in Affluent, Predominantly White School Districts

A new study by researchers at the Center for Educational Policy Analysis at Stanford University finds that nationwide the average school district had no gender achievement gap in math. But the data shows that shows that in high income, predominantly White areas, the mathematics gender gap persists in favor of boys.

University of Southern California Study Examines Gender Gap Among Film Critics

University of Southern California Study Examines Gender Gap Among Film Critics

The data shows that 82 percent of all reviewers were men. Women of color are particularly underrepresented. Only 4 percent of all reviewers were women from underrepresented groups. In contrast, some 64 percent of all movie critics are White men and 18 percent are White women.

Gender Differences in Tobacco Usage Among School Students

Gender Differences in Tobacco Usage Among School Students

Young women and girls are less likely to use tobacco products than boys and young men. In 2017, 17.5 percent of female high school students and 21.5 percent of male high school students reported that they used any type of tobacco product.

Women Entrepreneurs Are More Successful Than Men in Raising Money on Crowdfunding Platforms

Women Entrepreneurs Are More Successful Than Men in Raising Money on Crowdfunding Platforms

Researchers found that while women seeking funds for start-up ventures have been at a disadvantage to men with traditional funding sources. But crowdfunding investors take the opposite view. These investors tend to believe women are more trustworthy.

A Look at the Gender Gap in Employment by Levels of Educational Attainment

A Look at the Gender Gap in Employment by Levels of Educational Attainment

For women aged 20 to 29 who were college graduates in October 2017, 77.9 percent were employed, a rate just slightly higher than their male peers. But the unemployment rate for male college graduates in this age group was 11.7 percent, compared to only 6.9 percent for women.

Do Women Face Discrimination From Examiners at the U.S. Patent Office?

Do Women Face Discrimination From Examiners at the U.S. Patent Office?

Researchers at Yale University found that overall, women inventors’ patents were more likely to be rejected than those filed by teams of men. When rejected, women’s applications were 2.5 percent less likely to be appealed. When applications were granted, women’s patents often had more words added that reduced the scope of their patents.

The Gender Pay Gap Among Corporate CEOs No Longer Exists, University of Alabama Study Says

The Gender Pay Gap Among Corporate CEOs No Longer Exists, University of Alabama Study Says

Using compensation data from Execucomp, the study covers all forms of compensation, including base pay and stock options, from large public firms in the United States from 1996 to 2014. The research team found no gender bias in the remuneration provided to male and female CEOs.

When Is the Optimal Time For Programs to Encourage Girls to Consider STEM Fields?

When Is the Optimal Time For Programs to Encourage Girls to Consider STEM Fields?

A new study challenges the view that efforts to increase interest among girls into STEM fields should begin in elementary or middle school. The authors of a new University of Illinois study believe that such programs will be more effective in late adolescence.

Harvard Has a Long Way to Go to Reach Gender Parity in Faculty Positions

Harvard Has a Long Way to Go to Reach Gender Parity in Faculty Positions

Women make up just over one fifth of the tenured faculty at Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government. Women are less than one quarter of tenured faculty in Harvard Medical School and Harvard Law School.

New Report Shows the Persisting Gender Gap in Faculty Pay at Colleges and Universities

New Report Shows the Persisting Gender Gap in Faculty Pay at Colleges and Universities

The average salary for women full professors in the 2017-18 academic year is $100,917. For male full professors, the average salary is $106,820. The gender pay exists at all academic ranks but is smaller at the associate and assistant professor and instructor and lecturer ranks.

American Association of University Women Examines Gender Earnings Gap by State

American Association of University Women Examines Gender Earnings Gap by State

In New York State women who were year-round, full-time workers earned 89 percent of their male counterparts, the best ratio in the nation. The earnings gap for year-round, full-time workers was largest in the states of Utah and Louisiana. In these states, women earned only 70 percent of what was earned by their male counterparts.

Research Finds Good Grades in College Don't Help Women in the Job Market

Research Finds Good Grades in College Don’t Help Women in the Job Market

A new study by Natasha Quadlin, an assistant professor of sociology at Ohio State University, finds that a man’s grade point average in college has little impact on their job prospects. But for women college graduates, a high grade point average has a negative impact on their getting a job.

Report Shows Lack of Gender Diversity in Faculty and Administrators  in California Higher Education

Report Shows Lack of Gender Diversity in Faculty and Administrators in California Higher Education

In the University of California System, women make up 54.1 percent percent of all undergraduate students. But women are just 33.6 percent of the tenured faculty in the system. Women hold 38.8 percent of senior leadership posts in the University of California System.

Graduate Students, Particularly Women, Suffer From High Levels of Anxiety and Depression

Graduate Students, Particularly Women, Suffer From High Levels of Anxiety and Depression

A new study lead by researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, finds that graduate students are six times more likely than the general population to suffer from depression or anxiety, with women graduate students more likely to suffer than their male counterparts.

UCLA Reports Spotlights the Lack of Gender Diversity in Hollywood

UCLA Reports Spotlights the Lack of Gender Diversity in Hollywood

Women remained underrepresented, compared with their numbers in the U.S. population overall, in all 11 employment categories the report examines; and they actually lost ground, compared with last year’s figures in several categories.

The Gender Gap in High School Completion and Dropout Rates

The Gender Gap in High School Completion and Dropout Rates

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education In 2014, finds that 7.1 percent of all men ages 16 through 24 were not enrolled in school and did not have a high school diploma or equivalent certificate. For women the figure was 5.9 percent.

Georgetown University Study Documents a Persisting Gender Wage Gap for College Graduates

Georgetown University Study Documents a Persisting Gender Wage Gap for College Graduates

Perhaps most telling is the fact that women need to earn an extra degree up the education ladder in order to earn at or near the same level as men. Women with a master’s degree had average earnings of $83,000 in 2017, according to the report. But men with a bachelor’s degree had mean earnings of $87,000.

The Gender Gap in Speaking Time at Academic Conferences in the Life Sciences

The Gender Gap in Speaking Time at Academic Conferences in the Life Sciences

A new study lead by Petra Edlund of the department of chemistry and molecular biology at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden finds that when women are invited to speak, their lectures tend to be shorter than those delivered by men.

Academic Study Finds a Gender Gap in Earnings of Uber Drivers

Academic Study Finds a Gender Gap in Earnings of Uber Drivers

It was thought that jobs in what the authors called the “Gig Economy” would produce greater opportunities for women because these jobs offer flexible work hours. But in examining data from nearly 2 million ride share drivers women earned 7 percent less per hour than men.

The Gender Gap in Advanced Placement Program Participation

The Gender Gap in Advanced Placement Program Participation

During the 2016-17 academic year, there were 1,543,873 women who took AP examinations. They made up 56.3 percent of the students who took one or more AP exams. But women were only a small minority of all test takers in disciplines such as physics and computer science.