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Are Green Degree Fields Serving to Narrow the Gender Gap in STEM?

Are Green Degree Fields Serving to Narrow the Gender Gap in STEM?

After examining more than nine million degree recipients in the United States, researchers found that the graduate of green fields such as environmental science and sustainability are far more gender equal than is the case in other STEM fields and also in non-STEM disciplines.

Survey Finds Widespread Sexual Harassment in Astronomy and Planet Science

Survey Finds Widespread Sexual Harassment in Astronomy and Planet Science

Researchers surveyed a large group of professionals in the field of astronomy and planet science. They found that 39 percent of all respondents reported that they had been verbally harassed and 9 percent stated that they have been physically harassed at work within the past five years. Women of color were the most likely to be victims.

Women Engineering Students Do Better When Paired With Other Women in Class Projects

Women Engineering Students Do Better When Paired With Other Women in Class Projects

Women who are first-year students in engineering tend to get higher grades when they are paired with other women in group projects. Women who are paired with other women in group projects are also more likely than other women to declare engineering as their major.

University of Nebraska Study Finds that Women Do Better in Jobs in Blue States Than They Do in Red States

University of Nebraska Study Finds that Women Do Better in Jobs in Blue States Than They Do in Red States

In red states, the concentration of women in top jobs is 43 percent of the share of men in the jobs, while in blue states, it is 47 percent. Women’s share of top non-STEM jobs in red states is 42 percent of men’s share and 52 percent of men’s share in blue states.

The Gender Earnings Gap Is Wider for Graduates of the Nation's Most Elite Universities

The Gender Earnings Gap Is Wider for Graduates of the Nation’s Most Elite Universities

A new study by Breitbart News shows that women graduates of Duke University made only 67 cents on the dollar compared to men who graduated from Duke. Women graduates of the University of Chicago fared the best relative to male graduates of the same institution.

Searching for Ways to Boost Retention of Women in Computer Science Fields

Searching for Ways to Boost Retention of Women in Computer Science Fields

In the 1980s, women earned about one third of all bachelor’s degrees in computer science. Today the figure is 18 percent despite the fact that women make up about one third of all students in introductory computer science courses. The BRAID study seeks to find out the best practices for retaining women in computer science.

Tracking the Gender Gap in Educational Attainment for Millennials

Tracking the Gender Gap in Educational Attainment for Millennials

The National Center for Education Statistics has released a new report on the progress made by students who were sophomores in high school in the year 2002. The report reveals several differences between men and women students that may be of interest.

The Huge Gender Pay Gap for College Graduates in Their Mid-40s

The Huge Gender Pay Gap for College Graduates in Their Mid-40s

The authors tracked the quarterly earnings of men and women college graduates between 1995 and 2008. They found that at the start of their careers after college, the earnings gap was very small. But as these graduates reached their mid-40s the gender gap became huge.

Study Finds No Gender Bias in Hiring of University Philosophy Faculty

Study Finds No Gender Bias in Hiring of University Philosophy Faculty

A new study by Sean Hermanson, an associate professor of philosophy at Florida International University in Miami, finds that men and women are actually hired for full-time faculty positions in philosophy in proportion to the number of men and women earning doctoral degrees in the field.

Report Finds a Gender Wage Gap Among Recent Graduates of Florida's Public Universities

Report Finds a Gender Wage Gap Among Recent Graduates of Florida’s Public Universities

The report found that the median earnings of women graduates with full-time jobs was $37,000. This was $5,500 less than the median earnings of male graduates who were employed full-time.

Report Documents the Progress of Women in College Sports Under Title IX

Report Documents the Progress of Women in College Sports Under Title IX

The National Collegiate Athletic Association recently released a new report on the progress that women have made in college sports since Title IX was enacted in 1972. The report found that Division I colleges and universities still spend twice as much money on men’s sports than they do on women’s sports.

Women in Engineering Are Tracked Into Management, Not Technical, Roles

Women in Engineering Are Tracked Into Management, Not Technical, Roles

A new study by M. Teresa Cardador, a professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois, finds that increased efforts to promote women to managers in engineering fields, leaves smaller numbers of women in technical fields in engineering.

Study Identifies Risk Factors for Sexual Abuse of Early Maturing Girls

Study Identifies Risk Factors for Sexual Abuse of Early Maturing Girls

A new study by scholars at the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University find that early maturing girls are more likely to be abused if their friend group contains a large number of boys.

College Women Who Hold on to Traditional Gender Stereotypes May Be Prone to Unhealthy Relationships

College Women Who Hold on to Traditional Gender Stereotypes May Be Prone to Unhealthy Relationships

A new study led by Stacey J.T. Hust, an associate professor in the College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman, finds that women college students who held traditional stereotypes on the role of women in society were less likely to refuse unwanted sexual advances.

Study Finds That Lower Resting Heart Rates of Men Contribute to the Gender Gap in Criminal Activity

Study Finds That Lower Resting Heart Rates of Men Contribute to the Gender Gap in Criminal Activity

It is well known that men are far more likely to participate in criminal activity, particularly violent crime, than women. A new study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania finds that that the lower resting heart rate of men compared to women can explain between 5 and 17 percent of the gender gap in criminal activity.

University of Alabama Survey Finds Gender Gap in Perception of Leadership in Public Relations

University of Alabama Survey Finds Gender Gap in Perception of Leadership in Public Relations

The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations at the University of Alabama has released a new report that found “women’s perceptions of their lack of shared power in decision making, insufficient two-way communication, and devaluing of their opinions are reflected in lower levels of trust in the organization and its culture and less confidence in leaders.”

Academic Study Examines Gender Differences in How Fathers Treat Their Young Children

Academic Study Examines Gender Differences in How Fathers Treat Their Young Children

The study examined brain scans of fathers while they interacted with children in real-world settings. The authors observed that fathers tended to engage in more rough play with boys than with girls. When interacting with girls, fathers sang to their children more often and used words associated with emotions and referred more often to body parts.

Survey Reveals Reasons Why Women Leave Engineering

Survey Reveals Reasons Why Women Leave Engineering

The study, lead by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, found that the field of engineering has one of the highest rates of attrition for women among all the STEM disciplines. And the high turnover rates continue despite efforts to improve the recruitment and retention rate of women in the field.

Study Finds That Pregnant Women Are More Likely to Be Victims of Assault Than Other Women

Study Finds That Pregnant Women Are More Likely to Be Victims of Assault Than Other Women

After examining 45,000 cases of trauma of women of childbearing age at hospitals in Pennsylvania between 2005 and and 2015, the study found that trauma from assaults or accidents affects one in 12 pregnancies.

Astronomy Papers With a Woman as Lead Author Are Cited Less Than Articles With a Male Lead Author

Astronomy Papers With a Woman as Lead Author Are Cited Less Than Articles With a Male Lead Author

A study, conducted by scholars at the Institute for Astronomy at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, finds that academic papers in astronomy where the lead author is a woman get 10 percent fewer citations, on average, than papers where a man is the lead author.

The Gender Gap in Student Loan Debt

The Gender Gap in Student Loan Debt

A new report from the American Association of University Women found that, on average, women who graduated from a four-year college or university in 2012 had accumulated $20,907 in student loan debt. In contrast, men who graduated from a four-year college in 2012 had accumulated $19,454 in student loan debt.

Study Finds That Woman Instructors Pull in More Women Students in STEM Fields

Study Finds That Woman Instructors Pull in More Women Students in STEM Fields

The online learning platform Coursera sent out a promotional mailing for a new STEM course. Two identical emails were sent; one with a woman instructor and one with a male instructor. They found that women were 26 more likely to enroll in a course with a woman instructor than the course with a male instructor.

Men and Women Administrators Have Different Views on How Best to Retain Women in STEM Fields

Men and Women Administrators Have Different Views on How Best to Retain Women in STEM Fields

A new study that finds that that women department chairs, deans, and provosts have different attitudes and beliefs than their male counterparts about how to retain women professors in STEM fields.

In 2015, 89 Percent of All Colleges and Universities Reported Zero Incidents of Rape

In 2015, 89 Percent of All Colleges and Universities Reported Zero Incidents of Rape

The report by the American Association of University Women also found that only 9 percent of campuses reported an incident of domestic violence. About 10 percent of all colleges and universities reported an incident of dating violence and only 13 percent of all colleges and universities reported stalking incidents.

The Racial Gap in School Discipline Is Greater for Girls Than for Boys

The Racial Gap in School Discipline Is Greater for Girls Than for Boys

The study of middle and high school students in a large urban district by researchers at Indiana University and the University of Kentucky, found that Blacks girls are three times as likely as White girls to be sent to the principal’s office.

Women Mentors Have a Significant Impact on the Retention Rate of Women Engineering Students

Women Mentors Have a Significant Impact on the Retention Rate of Women Engineering Students

A new study led by researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, finds that women engineering students who were assigned peer mentors who were women were significantly less likely to drop out of engineering majors than women students who had male mentors or no mentors at all.

Women Business Professors Less Likely Than Their Male Peers to Be Named to Endowed Chairs

Women Business Professors Less Likely Than Their Male Peers to Be Named to Endowed Chairs

A study led by a Len Trevino, a professor of management in the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, finds women continue to face barriers in appointments to the highest-level faculty positions at business schools.

Fertility Rates of American Women by Educational Attainment

Fertility Rates of American Women by Educational Attainment

As we move up the educational ladder, we see that at each higher level of education, women were more likely to be childless than women with a lower level of education. For women, ages 40 to 50 in 2016, who held a graduate or professional degree, 22.3 percent never gave birth.

University Survey Finds That Physicians Who Are Mothers Face Widespread Workplace Discrimination

University Survey Finds That Physicians Who Are Mothers Face Widespread Workplace Discrimination

The survey found that 66 percent of mothers who are physicians reported gender discrimination and 36 percent reported maternal discrimination. Nearly a third said they had experienced discrimination relating to pregnancy or maternity leave and 17 percent said they faced discrimination relating to breastfeeding.

Employment and Unemployment Rates by Gender for Young College Students

Employment and Unemployment Rates by Gender for Young College Students

For 16- to 24-year-old women enrolled in college, 3.9 percent were actively seeking work but couldn’t find it. The unemployment rate for male college students in this age group was 8.1 percent, more than double the rate for women.

At U.S. Veterinary Schools, Women Are 80 Percent of Students But 36 Percent of Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty

At U.S. Veterinary Schools, Women Are 80 Percent of Students But 36 Percent of Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty

Over the past half century, there has been a polar switch in the gender make up of enrollments at U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine. In 1970, men made up 89 percent of all enrollments at these schools. Today, women are more than 80 percent of the students at veterinary schools.

Major Research Universities Outline Their Commitment to Addressing Sexual Assaults and Misconduct

Major Research Universities Outline Their Commitment to Addressing Sexual Assaults and Misconduct

The Association of American Universities has issued a new report detailing how its 62 member institutions have enacted or changed policies and procedures dealing with sexual assaults and misconduct on their campuses.

Professors Find Gender Discrimination in Punishment of Financial Advisers Who Commit Misconduct

Professors Find Gender Discrimination in Punishment of Financial Advisers Who Commit Misconduct

The report, authroed by finance professor at the University of Minnesota, the University of Chicago, and Stanford University, finds that women financial advisers are half as likely as their male colleagues to commit misconduct. But the study found that after cases of misconduct 55 percent of men – but only 45 percent of women – remain with the same firm.

The Gender Gap in Degree Awards in the Sciences and Engineering

The Gender Gap in Degree Awards in the Sciences and Engineering

In 2016, 13 percent of all degrees earned by women were in the natural sciences or engineering, compared to 28 percent for men. Thus, men were more than twice as likely as women to earn bachelor’s degrees in these fields. As we move up the educational ladder, the gender gap increases.

The Wide Gender Gap in Enrollment and Faculty Positions at Theological Schools

The Wide Gender Gap in Enrollment and Faculty Positions at Theological Schools

According to the Association of Theological Schools, there were 71,182 students enrolled at member institutions in 2015. Of these, 23,804 were women. Men made up 66.6 percent of all students at these theological schools. Men made up an even larger share of all faculty at these schools.