This one-day cross-disciplinary workshop will feature research from leading economists, psychologists, and sociologists on the sources and consequences of women’s underrepresentation in scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematics (“STEM”) fields of study and occupations. Although women have made great strides in gaining access to labor markets and systems of higher education in the United States, many STEM fields—particularly in certain physical sciences and engineering—remain strongly male dominated. The goal of this conference is to generate a broader conversation about the individual, structural, and cultural dynamics underlying the gender segregation of STEM fields, the ways in which gender may interact with racial, ethnic, class, and/or sexual identities in these domains, and how these dynamics may vary across time and across contexts.
Mary Blair-Loy (UC San Diego, Sociology) "Gender in Engineering Departments: Are There Gender Differences in Interruptions of Academic Job Talks?"
Sapna Cheryan (University of Washington, Psychology) “Why are some STEM Fields Less Gender Balanced than Others?”
Erin Cech (University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Sociology) “Queer in STEM? Emergent Research on LGBTQ Inequality in Science and Engineering Fields”
Stefanie Fischer (Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, Economics) “The Downside of Good Peers: How Classroom Composition Differentially Affects Men’s and Women’s STEM Persistence”
Dafna Gelbgiser (Cornell University, Study for the Center of Inequality) “Green for All? Gender Segregation and Emerging Green Fields of Study in US Higher Education."
Donna Ginther (University of Kansas, Economics) “Why Do Women Leave Computer Science and Information Technology Jobs?”
Sharon Sassler (Cornell University, Policy Analysis and Management) “Girls that Code: Estimating the Returns to Gender among Computer Science Professionals”
Kim Shauman (UC Davis, Sociology) "Who Applies for STEM Faculty Positions? Gender and Racial Differences in Applications and Qualifications"
Cate Taylor (Indiana University, Bloomington, Gender Studies and Sociology) “‘The Women Always Fail Thing’: The Specter of Motherhood in the Careers of Young Scientists and Engineers”
Bruce Weinberg (Ohio State University, Economics) “Gender, Peer Effects, and Outcomes in Doctoral STEM Programs”