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Report Documents the Employment Shortfall of Women in the Tech Workforce

Report Documents the Employment Shortfall of Women in the Tech Workforce

A new report from the Computing Technology Industry Association offers a wealth of data on employment in the technology sector. Some of the data included in the report on employment in technology jobs is broken down by gender. Nationally, women represent approximately 49 percent of the U.S. workforce and 26 percent of the workforce in tech occupations.

Why Do Many Victims of Sexual Assault on College Campuses Remain Silent?

Why Do Many Victims of Sexual Assault on College Campuses Remain Silent?

A study, by Sandra Caron, a professor of family relations and human sexuality at the University of Maine, and Deborah Mitchell, a retired UMaine police sergeant, examines why so many women students decline to report incidents of sexual assault to the campus administration or law enforcement authorities.

Men Are More Than Two-Thirds of All Experts Quoted in a Leading Science Publication

Men Are More Than Two-Thirds of All Experts Quoted in a Leading Science Publication

A new study by women researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine finds that 69 percent of all direct quotes from experts quoted in articles in the publication Nature, a leading international scientific journal, were from men.

Study Examines Gender Differences in Participation in Clinical Trials Compared to Those Affected by a Disease

Study Examines Gender Differences in Participation in Clinical Trials Compared to Those Affected by a Disease

The authors state that clinical trial sample populations should be proportionate to the population affected by the disease, as some diseases are more prevalent or manifest differently in one sex versus the other.  The study is the first to examine sex bias in all U.S. human clinical trials relative to disease burden (the prevalence of disease based on factors such as sex and ethnicity).

How Women Undergraduate Students Were Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

How Women Undergraduate Students Were Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education finds that more than 86 percent of all women undergraduates reported that they had experienced enrollment disruptions due to the pandemic. Some 4.4 percent of women said they withdrew from their college or university and 3.8 percent of all women undergraduate took a leave of absence.

Oregon State University Scholars Explore How to Get More Women Students in Advanced Economic Courses

Oregon State University Scholars Explore How to Get More Women Students in Advanced Economic Courses

The study examined whether mass emails telling introductory economic students about promising career and earning opportunities helped increase women’s participation in higher-level economics courses. But these emails appealed more to male students, increasing male enrollment and widening the existing gender gap.

Are  Campus Bystander Intervention Programs Effective in Reducing Sexual Assault?

Are Campus Bystander Intervention Programs Effective in Reducing Sexual Assault?

A recent study led by Heather Hensman Kettrey, an assistant professor of sociology at Clemson University in South Carolina, finds that bystander intervention programs are not as effective as college and university administrators had hoped they would be in reducing the number of sexual assaults on campus.

Georgetown University Task Force Issues Report on Gender Equity in Faculty and Staff

Georgetown University Task Force Issues Report on Gender Equity in Faculty and Staff

As is the case with many research universities, the percentage of women faculty members drops in higher ranks. The report found similar rates of tenure, retention, and compensation. Men tended to receive higher start-up packages than women.

Academic Study Finds That Men Tend to Make More Extreme Decisions Than Women

Academic Study Finds That Men Tend to Make More Extreme Decisions Than Women

A new study by scholars at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and the University of Sydney in Australia finds that men tend to make decisions that are more on the extreme while women are more likely to make moderate decisions. The authors note that the more extreme decisions of men can result in both positive and negative outcomes.

Depression Among Pregnant Women Spiked at the Onset of the Pandemic

Depression Among Pregnant Women Spiked at the Onset of the Pandemic

For the study, Stanford researchers assessed pregnant women both before and after coronavirus-triggered lockdowns took effect in March 2020. In the pre-pandemic group, one in four women showed signs of possible depression. In the post-pandemic group, that figure jumped to more than half of the women surveyed.

Investigative Report Documents Women's Experiences at the Virginia Military Institute

Investigative Report Documents Women’s Experiences at the Virginia Military Institute

The Virginia Military Institute enrolled its first women cadets enrolled in 1997. Today, women make up only 14 percent of the student body. A new report finds that sexual assault; incidents of gender inequity; a culture of not taking women seriously; double standards for women on matters of dress, social behavior, and sexual behavior are all problems on campus.

University of Massachusetts Study Analyzes Pregnancy Discrimination Cases in the United States

University of Massachusetts Study Analyzes Pregnancy Discrimination Cases in the United States

Only 8 percent of pregnancy discrimination charges lead to both a monetary benefit for the charging party and some negotiated change in workplace managerial practices. The most startling finding is that employers who were accused of discrimination often fire women employees the same day they learn they are pregnant.

Baylor University Scholar's Risk Reduction Intervention Aims to Help Young Women in the Juvenile Justice System

Baylor University Scholar’s Risk Reduction Intervention Aims to Help Young Women in the Juvenile Justice System

Young women involved in the juvenile justice system are 3.5 times more likely to have a child compared to non-delinquent youth and 30 percent have been pregnant one or more times. Additionally, this population experiences high rates of marijuana and alcohol use as well as high rates of sexually transmitted infections.

Catching Perpetrators of Groping Sexual Assaults

Catching Perpetrators of Groping Sexual Assaults

For the past 10 years, Julie Valentine, a professor of nursing at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, has been at the forefront of making touch DNA evidence collection a standard practice in groping cases. She has created a standard form for sexual assault medical examiners to collect touch DNA evidence from survivors’ skin and clothing.

New Census Study Examines Gender Differences in Healthy Life Expectancy After Age 60

New Census Study Examines Gender Differences in Healthy Life Expectancy After Age 60

For women in the Americas who reach the age of 60, they can expect another 17.7 years of living healthy. For men who reach 60, they can expect another 15.5 years of a healthy lifestyle. The gender gap in healthy lifestyle for those who reach age 60 appears to be widening.

Study Examines Media Coverage of Teachers' Sexual Misconduct With Students 

Study Examines Media Coverage of Teachers’ Sexual Misconduct With Students 

When the teacher was a woman, respondents perceived the relationship to be less detrimental to the student. Heterosexual pairings were perceived as more acceptable than same-sex pairings and when the teacher was older, respondents perceived the teacher as more responsible.

New Report Offers Strategies for Closing the Gender Gap in Organizational Leadership

New Report Offers Strategies for Closing the Gender Gap in Organizational Leadership

A new report from the IBM Institute for Business Value examines the status of women in leadership roles across 10 industries and 9 geographic regions. The study also offers recommendations of what organizations can do that will make significant progress in closing the gender gap in leadership roles.

Examining the Gender Gap in Household Chores

Examining the Gender Gap in Household Chores

Researchers analyzed the gender division of nonmarket work, comparing immigrant and native-born men and women. They found that the gender gap for first-generation immigrants has narrowed but it is still larger on average than gender gaps between native-born men and women.

Stanford University Study Shows How to Reduce Gender Bias in Performance Reviews

Stanford University Study Shows How to Reduce Gender Bias in Performance Reviews

A new study conducted at Stanford University finds although workplace evaluations are supposed to be merit-based, gender bias too often influences how supervisors rate employees, resulting in women having to meet a higher bar than their male colleagues to advance professionally.

During the Pandemic, Women Made Gains Both Behind and in Front of the Hollywood Camera

During the Pandemic, Women Made Gains Both Behind and in Front of the Hollywood Camera

In 2020, women make up 47.8 percent of the lead actors in the 185 top-grossing films. Women were 41.3 percent of all actors in these films. Despite progress, women made up just 26 percent of film writers and just 20.5 percent of the directors.

A New Approach to Science Education May Help Reduce the Gender Gap in STEM Fields

A New Approach to Science Education May Help Reduce the Gender Gap in STEM Fields

A new study by researchers at North Carolina State University finds that fifth-grade girls who participated in science classes that were held outdoors had higher average science grades and an increase in a measure of scientific knowledge than girls who participated only in traditional classroom settings.

Study Examines the Gender Gap in Career Advice Given to College Students

Study Examines the Gender Gap in Career Advice Given to College Students

A working paper by women scholars at the University of Chicago and the University of California, Los Angeles, finds that women college students regularly receive different messages from career counselors than their male counterparts.

How Parenting Can Impact the Sexual Behavior of Women College Students

How Parenting Can Impact the Sexual Behavior of Women College Students

A study found that women college students who did not have good relationships with their parents were more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors than college women who had a more engaged relationship with their parents.

Easy Access to Contraception May Boost the High School Graduation Rates of Teenage Girls

Easy Access to Contraception May Boost the High School Graduation Rates of Teenage Girls

Researchers at the University of Colorado found that when teenage girls had access to free and low-cost birth control through a statewide program, the percentage of students who left high school before graduating decreased by 14 percent. The authors also found that increased access to birth control led to lower birth and abortion rates.

The Gender Gap in Enrollment Declines During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Gender Gap in Enrollment Declines During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Male undergraduates are increasingly falling behind their female counterparts during this pandemic. In the spring semester, male enrollments are down by 8.9 percent from the spring 2020 semester. For women undergraduates, enrollments are down 4 percent.

University of Michigan Study Finds High Suicide Risk Among Women Who Are Nurses

University of Michigan Study Finds High Suicide Risk Among Women Who Are Nurses

A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan finds that nurses who are women are roughly twice as likely to die by suicide than women in the general population. Among male nurses, the risk of suicide is no higher than the general male population.

The Gender Gap in Voter Participation Narrows at the Top of the Educational Ladder

The Gender Gap in Voter Participation Narrows at the Top of the Educational Ladder

Overall, 74.1 percent of all adult women in the United States were registered to vote in 2020, and 68.4 percent cast ballots. For those with a graduate degree, 85.9 percent of women were registered to vote and 83.3 percent cast ballots.

Women in High-Net-Worth Households Tend to Leave the Financial Decisions to Men

Women in High-Net-Worth Households Tend to Leave the Financial Decisions to Men

In all different sex, married-couple families, men are deemed more knowledgable about financial matters in slightly more than half of all households. But among high-net-worth married couples, the husband was rated most knowledgable on finances in 90 percent of the households.

Michigan State University Study Examines Why Young Women Do Not Report Sexual Violence

Michigan State University Study Examines Why Young Women Do Not Report Sexual Violence

The researcher found that many of the young women who were raped by their boyfriends had experienced a lot of abuse growing up, which led them to minimize the sexual violence. Additionally, some participants who had been raped noted they had been socialized to believe that forced sex was part of their role as a girlfriend.

New Survey Documents Perceptions of Sexism and Gender Discrimination in the High-Tech Sector

New Survey Documents Perceptions of Sexism and Gender Discrimination in the High-Tech Sector

Dice, the leading database for technology professionals, managing over 9 million profiles in the United States, recently released a new survey that examines perceptions of sexism and gender discrimination in the high-tech industry by employees who work in the field.

Pew Research Center Report Documents Gender Gap in STEM Degree Attainment and Employment

Pew Research Center Report Documents Gender Gap in STEM Degree Attainment and Employment

Women now earn a majority of all undergraduate and advanced degrees. But they remain a small share of degree earners in fields like engineering and computer science – areas where they are significantly underrepresented in the workforce. And when women do find work in STEM fields they tend to earn less than men.

Study Finds That Women Faculty Perceive Unfairness in Workloads

Study Finds That Women Faculty Perceive Unfairness in Workloads

The researchers, led by Joya Mira, a professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, found that faculty members in departments with greater transparency in workloads – knowing not only what they do, but what their colleagues do – perceive their departments as having more equitable workloads.

Stanford University Study Finds Women Suffer "Zoom Fatigue" Far More Than Men

Stanford University Study Finds Women Suffer “Zoom Fatigue” Far More Than Men

The researchers found that what contributed most to the feeling of exhaustion among women was an increase in what social psychologists describe as “self-focused attention” triggered by the self-view in video conferencing. That prolonged self-focus can produce negative emotions, or what the researchers call “mirror anxiety.”

International Study Finds a Gender Bias in the Perception of Other People's Pain

International Study Finds a Gender Bias in the Perception of Other People’s Pain

When male and female patients expressed the same amount of pain, observers viewed female patients’ pain as less intense and more likely to benefit from psychotherapy versus medication as compared to men’s pain, exposing a significant patient gender bias that could lead to disparities in treatments.

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Domestic Violence in the United States

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Domestic Violence in the United States

A survey sponsored by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence found that intimate partner violence, child abuse, and sexual assault have increased during the pandemic. Also, researchers found that professionals who deal with these issues have faced many barriers to serving victims of domestic violence.