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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.

A Report Card on University Performance on Hiring Women Coaches for Women's Athletic Teams

A Report Card on University Performance on Hiring Women Coaches for Women’s Athletic Teams

Nationwide, women were 41. 5 percent of all head coaches of women’s teams at 86 colleges and universities that were members of seven major athletic conferences. The percentage varied greatly by sport. For example, 95.7 percent of field hockey coaches were women but there were no women head coaches in triathlon or alpine skiing.

Study at Cornell University Finds That Scholars More Apt to Refer to Men by Using Only Their Last Name

Study at Cornell University Finds That Scholars More Apt to Refer to Men by Using Only Their Last Name

Study participants were more than twice as likely to call male professionals – even fictional ones – by their last name only, compared to equivalent female professionals. For example, Charles Darwin is often referred to simply as Darwin. But Marie Curie is rarely referred to simply as Curie.

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.

Harvard University Study Assesses Cancer Risk for Flight Attendants

Harvard University Study Assesses Cancer Risk for Flight Attendants

A new study by researchers at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University presents evidence that airline flight attendants have higher rates of several types of cancer including breast, uterine, and cervical cancer. More than three quarters of all flight attendants in the United States are women.

A New Study by Three Women Scholars Shows Why the Gender Gap in Physics Matters

A New Study by Three Women Scholars Shows Why the Gender Gap in Physics Matters

The authors state that “women are especially underrepresented in physics because of a complex interaction of factors, including an unusually chilly climate for women, worse policies and resources for female faculty, and pervasive cultural stereotypes about the inaccessibility and masculine nature of physics.”

Letters of Recommendation for Women More Likely to Raise Doubt of Their Competence

Letters of Recommendation for Women More Likely to Raise Doubt of Their Competence

The study revealed that, on average, letters written for women were more likely to contain a doubt-raiser than letters written for men (regardless of whether a man or a woman wrote the letter). The researchers defined “doubt-raisers” as phrases or statements that question an applicant’s aptness for a job.

University of Massachusetts Study Examines Gender Diversity in Silicon Valley Firms

University of Massachusetts Study Examines Gender Diversity in Silicon Valley Firms

The data showed that 70 percent of total managerial and tech professionals in the large Silicon Valley Tech firms are men. Men hold 79 percent of all executive positions. The authors did find 12 firms where women made up a majority of the workforce.

Florida International University Study Documents Barriers for Women in the Communications Industry

Florida International University Study Documents Barriers for Women in the Communications Industry

A new report from the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Florida International University in Miami, concludes that “women earn less, experience negative company cultures, and still face a glass ceiling in the communications industries.”

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.

Gender Differences in Risky Behaviors of High School Students

Gender Differences in Risky Behaviors of High School Students

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examines current rates and historical trends of youths’ experiences regarding risky behaviors. This data can be useful to college student affairs personnel as they plan programs to address risky behaviors on campus.

The National Academies Urge Academia to Take a Stand Against Sexual Harassment

The National Academies Urge Academia to Take a Stand Against Sexual Harassment

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has issued a new report that notes that 58 percent of women faculty and staff in academia (all disciplines, not limited to science, engineering, and medicine) have experienced sexual harassment.

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.

Why Women Shoulder the Lion's Share of Student Loan Debt

Why Women Shoulder the Lion’s Share of Student Loan Debt

Today there are about 44 million Americans who hold some amount of student loan debt, totaling about $1.4 trillion dollars. Women hold about nearly two-thirds of this debt. Women are more likely than men to take out student loans, tend to borrow more money than men, and are slower than men in paying off student loan debt.

New Report on Alcohol and Drug Use by Student Athletes

New Report on Alcohol and Drug Use by Student Athletes

A new study from the National Collegiate Athletic Association offers data on the percentage of student athletes who drink alcohol or use tobacco and drugs and how these percentages compare to college students as a whole. Some of the data is broken down by gender.

Do Sexual Assault Prevention Programs on College Campuses Actually Work?

Do Sexual Assault Prevention Programs on College Campuses Actually Work?

A new study by researchers at the University of California finds that sexual assault prevention training programs aimed at men who are a high risk of committing sexual assault, may not be working and may in fact have a “boomerang effect” that increases the odds that they will be an offender.

The Large Gender Gap in Awards of Degrees and Certificates

The Large Gender Gap in Awards of Degrees and Certificates

During the 2016-17 academic year, women earned 60.8 percent of all associate’s degrees, 57.3 percent of all bachelor’s degrees, and 59.4 percent of all master’s degrees awarded by Title IV educational institutions in the United States.

Are Women Better Writers Than Men?

Are Women Better Writers Than Men?

A new study led by Daniel Hajovsky, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of South Dakota, found that cognitive ability influences on writing differ between young boys and girls. This may be due to gender differences in processing speed and language-based variables.

Study Led by a University of Maryland Psychologist Finds Abortion Does Not Increase Depression in Women

Study Led by a University of Maryland Psychologist Finds Abortion Does Not Increase Depression in Women

Women who have had an abortion are indeed more likely to be depressed. But the new study found that the higher risk for depression among these women existed for as much as a year before they had an abortion and did not increase after they had an abortion.

New Education Department Report Examines Gender Differences in Digital Literacy

New Education Department Report Examines Gender Differences in Digital Literacy

Overall, 16 percent of U.S. adults ages 16-65 were deemed not digitally literate. But women were more likely than men to be familiar with using a computer.

Gender of the Donor May Impact Organ Rejection Rates in Transplant Patients

Gender of the Donor May Impact Organ Rejection Rates in Transplant Patients

The Harvard Medical School study found that patients who received a kidney or heart transplant from a woman donor were more likely to reject the organ than if the donor was a man. This was particularly true for when the transplant patient was a man.

University of Kentucky Psychologists Examine How Social Media Impacts Girls' Body Image

University of Kentucky Psychologists Examine How Social Media Impacts Girls’ Body Image

Visual platforms deliver the tools that allow teens to earn approval for their appearance and compare themselves to others. For some, especially girls, what starts as a fun way to document and share experiences can turn into an obsession. And this obsession can have damaging effects.

New Census Data Shows the Gender Earnings Gap in 300 Different Occupations

New Census Data Shows the Gender Earnings Gap in 300 Different Occupations

The U.S. Census Bureau has recently published data on the gender pay gap in 300 specific occupations. Women continue to earn less than men in nearly all occupations. Among educational occupations,, women who work as “postsecondary teachers” earn 82.1 percent of their male counterparts.

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.

New Research Examines Mistrust of the Medical Establishment Among Latinas

New Research Examines Mistrust of the Medical Establishment Among Latinas

A new study by researchers at Oregon State University finds that Latina women who have reported that they experienced racial or ethnic discrimination are less satisfied with their contraceptive care. This dissatisfaction may lead to poor choices concerning their health.

Promising Research on Ovarian Cancer at the University of Wisconsin

Promising Research on Ovarian Cancer at the University of Wisconsin

Ovarian cancer is only the 11th-most common form of cancer among women in the United States. But it accounts for the fifth-most deaths, according to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. This is because ovarian cancer is often not detected until it has spread to vital organs.

How Delaying Motherhood Is Changing American Society

How Delaying Motherhood Is Changing American Society

In 2016, the birth rate for women age 30-34 surpassed that for women 25-29 for the first time. In 2016, one in 10 first babies was born to a mother 35 years old or older, while in 1970 it was one in 100.

Survey Finds That LGBTQ College Students Are at High Risk of Sexual Assault

Survey Finds That LGBTQ College Students Are at High Risk of Sexual Assault

A new study led by Colleen Ray, a graduate student in sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln finds that sexual assault and misconduct impacts not only heterosexual women but also affects what the study calls “sexual minority men and women.”

Purdue University Researchers Developing Home Tool to Detect Risk of Preeclampsia

Purdue University Researchers Developing Home Tool to Detect Risk of Preeclampsia

Researchers at Purdue University are developing a device and an application that will enable pregnant women to use a smartphone to track their susceptibility to develop preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication related to hypertension that can cause organ damage and premature birth.

Research Finds That Automated Systems May Be as Good as Clinicians in Assessing Breast Cancer Risk

Research Finds That Automated Systems May Be as Good as Clinicians in Assessing Breast Cancer Risk

Research conducted by scholars at the University of California, San Francisco and the Mayo Clinic found that automated systems were just as accurate in predicting women’s risk of breast cancer as subjective evaluations by professional radiologists.

Meditation and Exercise Therapy Can Help Women Recover From Sexual Assault

Meditation and Exercise Therapy Can Help Women Recover From Sexual Assault

A study by researchers at Rutgers University finds that women who were sexually assaulted can learn to decrease negative thoughts and enhance self-worth by a combination of meditation and aerobic exercise. The researchers found that the combination of meditation and exercise was better therapy than either of these activities alone.

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.

Two Women Scholars at Clemson University Helping to Develop Sexual Assault Prevention App

Two Women Scholars at Clemson University Helping to Develop Sexual Assault Prevention App

The app includes mini-games that put users into situations that are similar to real life. The app then offers feedback that challenges users’ preconceived and inaccurate notions about the prevalence of behaviors that may contribute to sexual violence.