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Why Do Women Leave Doctoral Programs in STEM Fields?

Why Do Women Leave Doctoral Programs in STEM Fields?

The research found that women were expected to do lab “housework” and were often left out of discussions about their research projects. Some women reported sexual harassment, being screamed at by superiors, and having their research findings questioned.

Girls Who Mature Early Are More Likely to Have Psychological Problems Well Into Adulthood

Girls Who Mature Early Are More Likely to Have Psychological Problems Well Into Adulthood

The study, led by Jane Mendle at Cornell University, tracked 8,000 young women from adolescence to early adulthood. The results showed that women who got their periods at an earlier age were more likely to suffer from depression and exhibit anti-social behavior well into adulthood.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome May Be Far More Prevalent Than Previous Studies Have Suggested

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome May Be Far More Prevalent Than Previous Studies Have Suggested

In a study of 6,000 first graders in four regions of the United States, less than one percent of the children diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome during the study had previously been diagnosed. The authors found that rate of fetal alcohol syndrome may be five times as high as previously thought.

MIT Scholar Finds Gender Bias in Commercial Facial Analysis Programs

MIT Scholar Finds Gender Bias in Commercial Facial Analysis Programs

The study found that commercially available face analysis programs had a very low error rate when determining the gender of light-skinned men. For women who had the darkest skin, the systems failed to accurately determine their gender nearly half the time.

Women More Likely Than Men to Suffer Sports-Related Concussions

Women More Likely Than Men to Suffer Sports-Related Concussions

A new study by faculty members at the University of Virginia finds that women athletes have an increased risk of suffering sports-related concussions. And for those athletes that suffer concussions, women report more severe symptoms than 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 Nationwide Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Nationwide Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

NCAA Division I Colleges and universities showed an overall student graduation rate of 66 percent. 68 percent of all women who entered college in 2010 earned their degrees within six years compared to 63 percent of men. The gender gap was much larger for student athletes.

Study Finds That Nearly One Third of College Women With Disabilities Are Victims of Sexual Assault

Study Finds That Nearly One Third of College Women With Disabilities Are Victims of Sexual Assault

According to the report from the National Council on Disability, 31.6 percent of undergraduate females with disabilities reported nonconsensual sexual contact involving physical force or incapacitation. The authors state that “students with disabilities remain on the periphery and are not addressed regarding sexual assault prevention, outreach, and services.”

Penn Study Finds That Vast Majority of Intimate Partner Violence Incidents Involve Unmarried Couples

Penn Study Finds That Vast Majority of Intimate Partner Violence Incidents Involve Unmarried Couples

A new study led by Susan B. Sorenson, a professor of social policy and the director of the Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, found that more than 80 percent of intimate partner violence incidents occur between boyfriends and girlfriends. Only 15 percent of the incidents involved married couples.

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.

University of Southern California Report Examines Vast Gender Gap in the Music Industry

University of Southern California Report Examines Vast Gender Gap in the Music Industry

The researchers examined the gender of the artists, songwriters, and producers of the 100 most popular songs on the year-end Billboard charts from 2012 to 2017. Women were 22.4 percent of the performing artists, 12.3 percent of the songwriters, and just 2 percent of the producers.

Why Life Expectancy for Older U.S. Women Is Falling Below That of Other Developed Nations

Why Life Expectancy for Older U.S. Women Is Falling Below That of Other Developed Nations

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College has issued a new report that shows that life expectancy for women in the United States who have reached the age of 65 is now among the lowest of the world’s most developed nations.

The Persisting Gender Gap in Faculty Salaries at American Colleges and Universities

The Persisting Gender Gap in Faculty Salaries at American Colleges and Universities

For all full-time faculty at private four-year, degree-granting institutions, the average salary for men was $95,917 compared to $78,120 for women. For male full professors at these schools, the average salary was $132,020. For women full professors the average salary was $114,436.

Survey Finds Half of All Women in STEM-Related Jobs Have Faced Gender Discrimination

Survey Finds Half of All Women in STEM-Related Jobs Have Faced Gender Discrimination

More than three quarters of women who work in STEM fields at places where men are a majority of the workforce say they have faced gender discrimination including sexual harassment, unequal pay, and being treated as if they are not competent.

Study Finds That Perceived Discrimination in a Field Is Why College Women Avoid Some STEM Majors

Study Finds That Perceived Discrimination in a Field Is Why College Women Avoid Some STEM Majors

A new study finds that college women tend to shy away from certain STEM fields when selecting a major not because of apprehension about the rigors of mathematics or science but because of a perception that they will face discrimination if they pursue a career in those fields.

The Significant Gender Gap in Degree Attainments in the United States

The Significant Gender Gap in Degree Attainments in the United States

During the 2015-16 academic year, women earned 2,855,581 degrees and certificates at degree-granting institutions in the United States. For men the figure was 2,036,307. Thus, women won 58.4 percent of all awards. Women also won a majority of all research-oriented doctorates.

Effective Communication Methods for Diverse Teams Vary Depending on the Gender Makeup of Group Members

Effective Communication Methods for Diverse Teams Vary Depending on the Gender Makeup of Group Members

The study found that text-messaging is the most effective communications method for racially diverse teams rather than face-to-face communications. However, for teams that were diverse along gender lines, using text messages had the opposite impact.

New NCAA Report on the Role of Senior Woman Administrators in Athletic Departments

New NCAA Report on the Role of Senior Woman Administrators in Athletic Departments

Some 84 percent of senior woman administrators said that without the SWA designation there would be no women in important athletic posts at their college or university. Only 56 percent of athletic directors agreed.

The Gender Gap in Medical School Faculty Ranks

The Gender Gap in Medical School Faculty Ranks

Data from the American Association of Medical Colleges shows that in 2016 there were 65,888 women faculty members at U.S. medical schools. There were 100,318 male faculty members. Thus, women made up 39.6 percent of all medical school faculty. Women were 22.8 percent of all full professors.

Academic Study Finds Dearth of Women as Directors of Major Hollywood Films

Academic Study Finds Dearth of Women as Directors of Major Hollywood Films

A new study led by Stacy L. Smith, an associate professor of communication at the University of Southern California, found that of 100 top grossing films each year during the 2007-to-2017 period, women directed only 43 films, or 4 percent of the total.

Women Continue to Hold a Large Lead in Higher Education Enrollments at All Levels

Women Continue to Hold a Large Lead in Higher Education Enrollments at All Levels

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education shows there were 11,445,188 women students enrolled in Title IV institutions in the fall of 2016. They made up 56.6 percent of all students enrolled in higher education. Women were 58.9 percent of all students enrolled in graduate schools.

Women Academics More Likely to Report Pressure to Add "Honorary Authors" to Papers Than Men

Women Academics More Likely to Report Pressure to Add “Honorary Authors” to Papers Than Men

A new study by researchers at the University of Alabama, Huntsville finds that women academics are 38 percent more likely to be pressured to add additional authors who have made minimal contributions to papers than is the case for male authors.

The Gender Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

The Gender Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

In 2017, 35,112,000 living men in the United States held a four-year college degree. This is 33.7 percent of all men over the age of 25. For women, 38,992,000 individuals held a four-year college degree. This was 36.4 percent of all women over the age of 25.

Sexual Harassment Survey of Attendees of American Association of Political Science Conventions

Sexual Harassment Survey of Attendees of American Association of Political Science Conventions

The results showed that 51 percent of the women respondents reported that they had not been subjected to any form of harassment or condescending behavior at an annual meeting. But this means that nearly half of all respondents had a negative experience.

University of Nebraska Research Examines How Intoxication Affects How Men Look at Women

University of Nebraska Research Examines How Intoxication Affects How Men Look at Women

A new study led by Abigail R. Riemer, a graduate student in social psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, finds that as the level of intoxication increases, men spend less time looking at the faces of women and more time examining other parts of their bodies.

Tufts University Scholar Finds International Aid Workers Are Subjected to Sexual Harassment and Assault

Tufts University Scholar Finds International Aid Workers Are Subjected to Sexual Harassment and Assault

A new study led by Dyan Mazurana finds that many women who work for nonprofit humanitarian agencies are subjected to sexual harassment and assault. The report finds that the women are often victimized by colleagues or security personnel assigned to insure their safety.

Why Is the Persistence Rate for Women in Philosophy So Low?

Why Is the Persistence Rate for Women in Philosophy So Low?

Heather Demarest, a new assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the lead author of a study that finds that the participation rate of women in philosophy was affected by students feeling dissimilar to professional philosophers, perhaps even their instructors.

Study Finds a Huge Gender Gap in Speakers Invited to Give Talks at High-Ranking Universities

Study Finds a Huge Gender Gap in Speakers Invited to Give Talks at High-Ranking Universities

A new study led by researchers at Rice University in Houston, Texas, found that during the 2013-14 academic year male professors gave more than twice as many talks as women at events sponsored by academic departments at the nation’s 50 highest-ranked universities.

Enrollments in Higher Education Are Down But the Gender Gap Has Widened

Enrollments in Higher Education Are Down But the Gender Gap Has Widened

According to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, in 2017, enrollments of women in U.S. higher education were down 0.7 percent from a year ago. Male enrollments were down by 1.5 percent, more than double the rate for women.

New Study Warns of Health Risks for Pregnant Women Who Live Near Fracking Operations

New Study Warns of Health Risks for Pregnant Women Who Live Near Fracking Operations

A new study led by Janet Currie, the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University in New Jersey, provides evidence of health risks for pregnant women and their babies who live within two miles of hydraulic fracturing operations.

New Study Examines the Extent of Discrimination Faced by Women in the United States

New Study Examines the Extent of Discrimination Faced by Women in the United States

Among the findings in the new report from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health are that more than a third of women with a college education said they had heard offensive remarks about their gender compared to only 8 percent of women who did not attend college.

Women Making Progress in Enrollments in MBA Programs

Women Making Progress in Enrollments in MBA Programs

The report finds that women now make up 37.4 percent of the total enrollments at the 51-member business schools affiliated with the Forte Foundation. This is up from 33.4 percent in 2013. Now there are 14 business schools where women make up at least 40 percent of all enrollments. In 2013, there were only two.

New Online Database Documents Widespread Sexual Harassment in Academia

New Online Database Documents Widespread Sexual Harassment in Academia

The online spreadsheet was established earlier this month and already has more than 1,000 entries. The most entries have been filed by graduate students, although there also are a large number of complaints from undergraduates and faculty members.

New Survey Examines Barriers to Women Dropouts Returning to College to Earn Their Degrees

New Survey Examines Barriers to Women Dropouts Returning to College to Earn Their Degrees

A new study published by the American Women’s College at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, reveals that 76 million adult women in the United States do not have a bachelor’s degree. Many of those 76 million women had started their educational journey, but were unable to graduate as a result of various life factors.

Study Led by University of Massachusetts Scholars Examines Contraceptive Use in Developing Nations

Study Led by University of Massachusetts Scholars Examines Contraceptive Use in Developing Nations

The results of the analysis showed that among women of reproductive age who are married or in a relationship in the world’s 69 poorest countries, only 45.7 percent used modern contraceptive methods. The study did find significant increases in contraceptive use in many African nations over the past five years.