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Study Finds Persistence of Stereotypical Negative Images of Women in Tech

Study Finds Persistence of Stereotypical Negative Images of Women in Tech

The report found that women in tech fields are “portrayed in ways that overemphasize their appearance and sexuality.” They also found that women in tech are often referred to as “exceptional” implying that a woman’s achievements are “abnormal.”

Study Finds Both Men and Women Perceive Women Who Drink as Less Human and More Sexually Available

Study Finds Both Men and Women Perceive Women Who Drink as Less Human and More Sexually Available

On average, when participants saw a woman holding a beer bottle, they believed she possessed less human characteristics than participants who saw a woman holding a water bottle. However, this disparity was not seen among participants who viewed a man holding a beer bottle and those who saw a man holding a water bottle.

Study Finds Adolescent Girls Are More Likely Than Boys to Be Bullied and Attempt Suicide

Study Finds Adolescent Girls Are More Likely Than Boys to Be Bullied and Attempt Suicide

Many schools have been cracking down on physical bullying, which is more common among male adolescents. For girls, bullying is more often relational bullying, such as excluding someone from activities and social circles, or spreading rumors about them. This type of bullying is more difficult for adults to detect.

For College Sexual Assault Perpetrators, It May Be Not How Much You Drink But Where You Drink

For College Sexual Assault Perpetrators, It May Be Not How Much You Drink But Where You Drink

The results of a study by researchers at Washington State University and the University at Buffalo show that college men’s presence at “drinking venues” such as frat houses or local bars was a better predictor of sexual aggression than binge-drinking behavior or propensity for casual sex.

Study Finds Gender Imbalance In Children's Television: Onscreen and Behind the Camera

Study Finds Gender Imbalance In Children’s Television: Onscreen and Behind the Camera

The study of American and Canadian television shows, aimed at kids age 12 and under during the fall of 2017, found that the majority of main characters on children’s fictional TV shows are male. Additionally, men are more likely to be the creators, writers, and directors of these shows.

Girls in Families Whose Parents Favor Boys Have Lower Test Scores in STEM Fields

Girls in Families Whose Parents Favor Boys Have Lower Test Scores in STEM Fields

A new study from the national Bureau of Economics research finds that girls who were born into families that had a boy-biased structure scored an average of three percentage points lower on math and science standardized tests than girls from non-biased households.

Exposure to High-Achieving Male Peers May Lower Girls' Chance of Earning a Bachelor's Degree

Exposure to High-Achieving Male Peers May Lower Girls’ Chance of Earning a Bachelor’s Degree

According to a new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research, high school girls who have a greater exposure to high-achieving male peers are less likely to complete a bachelor’s degree. The research also found that by ages 26 to 32, these girls have lower labor-force participation rates and more children.

Young Girls Can't Do STEM? New Federal Data Says Otherwise

Young Girls Can’t Do STEM? New Federal Data Says Otherwise

In 2018, the National Assessment of Educational Progress administered a nationally representative assessment of technology and engineering literacy to more than 15,000 students in the eighth grade throughout the nation. Girls scored higher overall than boys overall and in every content area of the test.

New Report Examines the Status of Women Administrators and the Gender Pay Gap in Higher Education

New Report Examines the Status of Women Administrators and the Gender Pay Gap in Higher Education

The data shows that women make up nearly half (47%) of the five lowest-paid dean positions combined (each earning a median of $125K or less) and make up only one-fifth of the top five highest-paid dean positions combined (each earning a median of $249K or more).

Large Majority of Undergraduate Women Physics Students Subjected to Sexual Harassment

Large Majority of Undergraduate Women Physics Students Subjected to Sexual Harassment

The authors of a new study on women undergraduates in physics programs refer to the level of sexual harassment faced by women in physics as “insidious and significantly higher than is generally acknowledged.” They believe this level of sexual harassment can have a major negative impact of women’s persistence in physics and other STEM fields.

Women Faculty in Agricultural Disciplines Continue to Face Sexism, Study Finds

Women Faculty in Agricultural Disciplines Continue to Face Sexism, Study Finds

Women faculty at land grant institutions and universities with an agricultural education or extension program felt that sexism was prevalent among their respective agriculture departments. These sexist behaviors include toxic work environments, unhealthy competition, inappropriate interactions, and policy violations.

The Gender Gap in First-Year Enrollments at U.S. Law Schools

The Gender Gap in First-Year Enrollments at U.S. Law Schools

In the fall of 2018, 38,390 students began study at U.S. law schools. Of these, 20,366, or 53.1 percent, are women. Among the law schools where women make up at least 62 percent of the first-year students are North Carolina Central University, Boston University, New England Law School, St. Thomas University in Florida, and the University of Toledo.

Examining The Gender Gap in Attrition Rates for Students in Premed Classes

Examining The Gender Gap in Attrition Rates for Students in Premed Classes

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh discovered that women were dropping out of the premed track at higher rates than men. Furthermore, among women and men with identical grade point averages in premed courses, women dropped out of the premed track at a higher rate than men.

Study Finds Vast Majority of College Campus Rapes Are Committed By Repeat Offenders

Study Finds Vast Majority of College Campus Rapes Are Committed By Repeat Offenders

The results of the study by researchers at three universities found that just over 5 percent of college men have committed sexual assault and more than 87 percent of alcohol-involved sexual violence crimes were committed by serial offenders.

Penn State Study Finds Girls Less Likely Than Boys to Be Encouraged by Parents  to Study Computers

Penn State Study Finds Girls Less Likely Than Boys to Be Encouraged by Parents to Study Computers

The results found that there is still a gender difference when it comes to parental support of academic studies in computing. However, on the bright side, nearly half of the participating students agreed that their high school teachers and counselors stressed the importance of computing skills.

National Survey Finds Gender Pay Gap Among Social Work Faculty in Higher Education

National Survey Finds Gender Pay Gap Among Social Work Faculty in Higher Education

Women make up the majority of all social work faculty, but were more likely than men to hold less prestigious ranks. Women social work faculty make less than their male counterparts by nearly $6,000 year. Also, women experience a greater salary penalty when they teach in undergraduate-only social work programs.

Stanford University Study Finds Women-Made Products in Male-Dominated Industries Suffer From Gender Bias

Stanford University Study Finds Women-Made Products in Male-Dominated Industries Suffer From Gender Bias

A new study from Stanford University suggests that gender stereotyping significantly impacts the way we evaluate products, and, in traditionally male-orientated markets, such as beer, power tools, and automobile parts, products made by women can stack up very negatively.

Gender Expectations and "Always-On" Work-Culture Hurt Women's Chances for Career Advancement

Gender Expectations and “Always-On” Work-Culture Hurt Women’s Chances for Career Advancement

A new study has found that the 24/7 work culture and gender expectations at top professional service companies are why women employees struggle to earn promotions. This contrasts with the widespread corporate belief that women struggle to advance because of their work-life conflict.

Study Examines Obstacles Women Face in Climbing the Faculty Academic Ladder

Study Examines Obstacles Women Face in Climbing the Faculty Academic Ladder

In a new report for the Brookings Institution, Bridget Turner Kelly, an associate professor in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, finds that women are making slow progress in closing the gender gap in the highest levels of college and university faculty.

Study Shows How Women Students in Entrepreneurship Overcome Obstacles to Success

Study Shows How Women Students in Entrepreneurship Overcome Obstacles to Success

Through interviews with students and faculty as well as classroom observations, the study found that women preparing for entrepreneurial careers shared three common characteristics: they were high-achieving “super women,” they face real adversity, and they benefited from close relationships with mentors, family, and friends.

University Study Finds Attractive Businesswomen Are Viewed as Less Truthful and Trustworthy

University Study Finds Attractive Businesswomen Are Viewed as Less Truthful and Trustworthy

According to new research from the University of Colorado and Washington State University, attractive businesswomen are considered less trustworthy, less truthful, and more worthy of being fired than less attractive women. The researchers call this the “femme fatale effect.”

Cornell University Study Finds 10 Percent of New Yorkers Experience Workplace Sexual Harassment

Cornell University Study Finds 10 Percent of New Yorkers Experience Workplace Sexual Harassment

A new study from the Worker Institute at Cornell University has found that 12.2 percent of New York women experienced workplace sexual harassment compared to 9.5 percent of New York men. Additionally, 13.9 percent of minorities reported experience sexual misconduct at work.

Rutgers Professor Finds Women Executives Are Better at Promoting Diversity in the Workforce

Rutgers Professor Finds Women Executives Are Better at Promoting Diversity in the Workforce

Dr. Anuja Gupta, an assistant professor of management in the School of Business at Rutgers University Camden in New Jersey, cites a major study of leadership competencies of 7,000 executives that shows that women scored better than men in 12 of 16 competencies in the evaluation.

Study Finds Girls More Likely Than Boys to Notice Bullying and Realize Its Harm

Study Finds Girls More Likely Than Boys to Notice Bullying and Realize Its Harm

Research has found girls are more likely to recognize the harm of bullying and experience more emotional distress when experiencing bullying as a victim or a bystander,” said lead author Lyndsay Jenkins, assistant professor in the College of Education at Florida State University.

The Gender Gap in Persistence and Degree Attainment Rates

The Gender Gap in Persistence and Degree Attainment Rates

If we look at only those students who enrolled at two-year colleges in the 2011-12 academic year, 14.3 percent of women went on to earn a bachelor’s degree within six years. For men who initially enrolled at a two-year college, 10.9 percent went on to earn a bachelor’s degree by 2017.

Federal Cap on Monetary Damages for Workplace Sexual Harassment Lowers Incentive for Firms to Combat It

Federal Cap on Monetary Damages for Workplace Sexual Harassment Lowers Incentive for Firms to Combat It

According to a study from an economist at Vanderbilt University, the current federal cap on monetary damages for workplace sexual harassment is far too low. Thus firms have little or no incentive to take stronger measures to prevent the behavior. The author, Joni Hersch, believes that one of the reasons sexual misconduct is prevalent in the […]

Survey Finds That Women Economists Face Widespread Discrimination and Harassment

Survey Finds That Women Economists Face Widespread Discrimination and Harassment

Some 42 percent of women economists reported that they had experienced some form of sexual harassment. And 6 percent of women economists reported unwanted sexual advances by another economist.

Northwestern University Study Finds Gender Gap in First-Time National Institutes of Health Grant Amounts

Northwestern University Study Finds Gender Gap in First-Time National Institutes of Health Grant Amounts

The investigators found that first-time grant recipients who were men received a median grant of $165,721. For women first-time grant recipients, the median grant was $126,615. Thus, the median funding for male grant recipients was 31 percent higher than the median amount awarded to women.

Survey Examines Lactation Facilities and Planning at Colleges and Universities

Survey Examines Lactation Facilities and Planning at Colleges and Universities

This study explores the planning and design of lactation spaces on college and university campuses from the perspectives of campus planners and facility professionals, administrators, and other decision-makers.”

Study Finds Gender Gap Shrinks When Companies Are Required to Report Wage Data

Study Finds Gender Gap Shrinks When Companies Are Required to Report Wage Data

Several nations now require companies to make their wage data public in an effort to encourage them to pay men and women equally. A recent study of companies in Denmark co-authored by scholars at several U.S. universities finds that when this policy is enacted, the gender pay gap shrinks.

The Gender Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

The Gender Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

In 2018, 36,674,000 living men in the United States held a four-year college degree. This is 34.6 percent of all men over the age of 25. For women, 40,251,000 individuals held a four-year college degree. This was 35.3 percent of all women over the age of 25.

Study Finds That All Students Benefit When More Women Are in Their First College STEM Course

Study Finds That All Students Benefit When More Women Are in Their First College STEM Course

The research team examined data from students enrolled in an engineering program at a large, public, research-intensive university. The results found that an increase in percentage of women students in their first course improves persistence in the major for all students regardless of their gender.

Women Making Little or No Progress in College Sports Administration and Coaching

Women Making Little or No Progress in College Sports Administration and Coaching

One of the most striking figures in a new report from the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida is that in 2018, women held the head coaching job for only 40.1 percent of all women’s athletic teams in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

New Study Finds Half of New Mothers Leave STEM Careers After Having Their First Child

New Study Finds Half of New Mothers Leave STEM Careers After Having Their First Child

According to a new study by scholars at the University of Michigan and the University of California, San Diego, 43 percent of new mothers and 23 percent of new fathers leave their full-time STEM jobs within four to seven years of the birth or adoption of their first child.

University of Minnesota Graduate Student Analyzes Gender Gap in Public Sculptures

University of Minnesota Graduate Student Analyzes Gender Gap in Public Sculptures

Sydney Shea, a landscape architecture graduate student found that there are 25 statues honoring historical figures in Central Park in New York City. Not one is in honor of a woman.