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Columbia University Releases Equity Report on the Status of Women Faculty

Columbia University Releases Equity Report on the Status of Women Faculty

After a two-year study on its faculty, Columbia University has released an equity report on the status of women faculty at the university. The report focuses on three divisions (Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences) of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In the Natural Sciences Division, the report found that 55 percent of women […]

University of Pennsylvania Study Finds Gender Gap Among High Performing Math Students

University of Pennsylvania Study Finds Gender Gap Among High Performing Math Students

The results of the study showed that among the top 500 highest-scoring 9th grade students participating in the American Mathematics Competition, there was a 4.6-to-1 boys to girls ratio. That gap widens as the students get older; among the top 500 highest-scoring 12th grade students, there was a 7.4-to-1 boys to girls ratio.

New Study Finds One in Ten Low-Income Women Experience Sexual Harassment From Their Landlords

New Study Finds One in Ten Low-Income Women Experience Sexual Harassment From Their Landlords

The harassment included being asked to trade sex for rent, lewd comments, home invasions, and indecent exposure. The women were almost all in their 20s at the time of the incidents and were disproportionately likely to be members of racial and ethnic minority groups.

Does Educational Research Authored by Women Have More Impact Than Male-Authored Research?

Does Educational Research Authored by Women Have More Impact Than Male-Authored Research?

Research on educational topics where a woman is the lead author is more likely to be read by undergraduates, master’s degree students, and junior researchers than male-authored research within the same narrow subject field. However, articles written by women are less often to be accessed by professional and senior academic readers.

Psychopathic Tendencies in Men Propel Them to Leadership Roles, But the Same Is Not True for Women

Psychopathic Tendencies in Men Propel Them to Leadership Roles, But the Same Is Not True for Women

A new study led by scholars at the University of Alabama finds that men who exhibit some degree of psychopathic behavior are often rewarded by being promoted to leadership positions in organizations, while women who exhibit such tendencies are not.

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.

Study Debunks the Myth That Boys Are Inherently Better at STEM Subjects Than Girls

Study Debunks the Myth That Boys Are Inherently Better at STEM Subjects Than Girls

A new study published in the journal Nature Communications has found that despite the widespread belief that men are inherently better at STEM subjects than women, girls leave high school just as qualified in STEM as boys.

Having Educated Children Contributes to a Woman's Longevity

Having Educated Children Contributes to a Woman’s Longevity

A new study led by a scholar at the University of Alabama Birmingham has found that women whose adult children are highly educated are more likely to live longer than women with adult children with lower levels of education.

Research Finds No Evidence That "Stereotype Threat" Affects Women's Mathematical Abilities

Research Finds No Evidence That “Stereotype Threat” Affects Women’s Mathematical Abilities

The theory of stereotype threat says that when women are made aware of negative stereotypes about women’s abilities in science and mathematics, this alone can hinder women’s performance in STEM subjects. But a recent study, led by Charlotte R. Pennington of the University of the West of England in Bristol, provides evidence that this is not so.

Study Finds Women Are Less Likely to Be Rewarded for Work-Place Innovations than Men

Study Finds Women Are Less Likely to Be Rewarded for Work-Place Innovations than Men

The researchers found that managers, no matter their gender, struggle with a “think innovation-think male” bias when conducting performance reviews. They found that women employees received better performance ratings when their levels of innovative work behaviors were low.

Study Finds Women Are Much Less Likely to Ask Questions in Academic Seminars Than Men

Study Finds Women Are Much Less Likely to Ask Questions in Academic Seminars Than Men

According to a study conducted by resarchers at the University of Cambridge in England, women tended to rate factors such as not feeling clever enough, being nervous, worrying that they misunderstood the content, and being intimidated by the speaker as factors in deciding not to raise a question.

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.

University of California, Berkeley Releases Results of Survey on Sexual Violence and Harassment on Campus

University of California, Berkeley Releases Results of Survey on Sexual Violence and Harassment on Campus

The survey found that survivors often don’t report harm due to a number of reasons including thinking the incident wasn’t serious enough, feeling that they did not need assistance, and worrying that they would be blamed.

Researchers Find Connection Between Gender Diversity and Research Diversity

Researchers Find Connection Between Gender Diversity and Research Diversity

Londa Schiebinger, the John L. Hinds Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University and colleagues at Aarhus University in Denmark, recently published a paper proposing ways organizations can continue to encourage gender diversity while also supporting diversity in new research directions.

Cornell University Study Finds Women Who Breastfeed Longer Are More Likely to Have More Children

Cornell University Study Finds Women Who Breastfeed Longer Are More Likely to Have More Children

A new study led by Vida Maralani, a professor of sociology Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has found that women who breastfeed their first child for longer durations than other women were likely to meet or exceed the number of children they expected to have before they started their families.

A Look At Women's Enrollments in Graduate Education in the United States

A Look At Women’s Enrollments in Graduate Education in the United States

A new report from the Council on Graduate Schoolsfinds that in 2017, there were 1,050,901 women students enrolled in U.S. graduate schools. They made up 57.9 percent of all enrollments. Women made up less than 38 percent of all graduate students in engineering, mathematics and computer science, and physical sciences.

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.

College-Age Victims of Sexual Violence Experience More Vivid Memories Than Victims of Other Trauma

College-Age Victims of Sexual Violence Experience More Vivid Memories Than Victims of Other Trauma

The researchers examined a large group of college-aged women, more than a third of whom reported being victims of sexual violence. The women who had suffered from sexual abuse reported stronger memories with specific details, including seeing the incident clearly in their mind than women who had experienced other types of trauma..

Study Finds Link Between Number of Women Students and Doctoral Completion Rates

Study Finds Link Between Number of Women Students and Doctoral Completion Rates

A new study from Ohio State University has found that the fewer women who enter a doctoral program at the same time, the less likely any one of them will earn their doctorate within six years. When there is only one woman in a new doctoral class, she is 12 percentage points less likely to complete her degree within six years than her male classmates.

Do STEM Diversity Efforts Actually Help Women or Does Increased "Stereotype Threat" Lead to Failure?

Do STEM Diversity Efforts Actually Help Women or Does Increased “Stereotype Threat” Lead to Failure?

The study involved 585 participants, both men and women, who watched videos on the STEM gender gap. Both men and women reported an increase in understanding the gender bias problem. However, women reported “decreased anticipated belonging and trust and increased negative affect and stereotype threat concerns about the STEM organization.”

Study Finds That Gender Stereotypes Are Universal and Begin at Age 10

Study Finds That Gender Stereotypes Are Universal and Begin at Age 10

The authors of the report note that “there is a global set of forces from schools, parents, media, and peers themselves that reinforce the hegemonic myths that girls are vulnerable and that boys are strong and independent.”

New Research Finds No Gender Difference in Innate Mathematical Ability

New Research Finds No Gender Difference in Innate Mathematical Ability

A new study from the University of Chicago has found that there is no difference in the ability to process numbers between young boys and girls. This contradicts the stereotype that boys are innately superior in math and science.

Georgetown University Computer Science Professor Mines #MeToo Movement Data

Georgetown University Computer Science Professor Mines #MeToo Movement Data

The data, mined by a research team at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., found that there have been more than 8.1 million tweets containing #MeToo to date and most tweets were more negative than positive. The project was led by Lisa Singh, a professor of computer science at the university.

New York University Researchers Develop Tool to Help Transgender Women Have a More "Feminine" Voice

New York University Researchers Develop Tool to Help Transgender Women Have a More “Feminine” Voice

A New York University study suggests biofeedback may be used as a tool to help trans women achieve a voice they are comfortable with.

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 Examines Obstacles Faced by Women Aspiring to Be CEOs in America

Study Examines Obstacles Faced by Women Aspiring to Be CEOs in America

A new study led by researchers at Florida State University has found that women CEOs in America are paid less, have shorter tenures, and are less likely to serve as chair of the board for their firms. The analysis also found that companies led by a woman do not do as well in the stock […]

Ohio State University Study Finds Strong Relationships With Fathers Helps Daughters Overcome Loneliness

Ohio State University Study Finds Strong Relationships With Fathers Helps Daughters Overcome Loneliness

In a new study, researchers from Ohio State University have found that loneliness was much less prevalent for young girls who had strong relationships with their fathers. The study also found that parent-child closeness did not have an effect on young boys’ level of loneliness

How Giving Women the Right to Vote Boosted Educational Attainment in the United States

How Giving Women the Right to Vote Boosted Educational Attainment in the United States

A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research authored by a group of three women economists, has found that women’s suffrage contributed to an increased retention rate of children in schools. The results showed that education expenditures rose 9 percent in local schools after women got the right to vote.

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.

Babies of Pregnant Women With Depression or Anxiety Have Lower Development of White Matter in Their Brains

Babies of Pregnant Women With Depression or Anxiety Have Lower Development of White Matter in Their Brains

The University of Wisconsin researchers found that babies who had mothers with higher levels of anxiety and depression had less developed white matter in their brains. White matter helps the brain process information quickly and forms connections between areas of the brain.

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.

Researchers Discover Gender Differences in the Neurological Processing of Motion

Researchers Discover Gender Differences in the Neurological Processing of Motion

The study found that both males and females are very quick at reporting which direction black and white bars move on a screen. On average, respondents required only a tenth of second or less to respond, but women took between 25 to 75 percent longer to respond than men.

Iowa State University Study Finds Persisting Gender Stereotypes Impact Voting Behavior

Iowa State University Study Finds Persisting Gender Stereotypes Impact Voting Behavior

The study found that when there was only one woman on the ballot, participants were just as likely to vote for her as the male candidate, however, when another woman was added, the woman lower on the ballot had more negative evaluations and received less votes.

Howard University Makes Great Strides in Gender Diversity in Engineering

Howard University Makes Great Strides in Gender Diversity in Engineering

At the College of Engineering and Architecture at Howard University, 43 percent of students who earned engineering degrees in 2016 were women. This is more than double the national average. The percentage of women assistant professors in the college increased from 9 percent in 2015 to 39 percent today.

New Academic Study Finds That Inducing Early Labor May Help Mother and Baby

New Academic Study Finds That Inducing Early Labor May Help Mother and Baby

The study included more than 6,1000 first-time mothers at 41 hospitals. For women who chose to induce, labor 18.6 percent had cesarean sections compared to 22.2 percent of women who were not induced. Based on this data, researchers estimate that inducing labor at 39 weeks could eliminate the need for one C-section for every 28 deliveries.