Why are some STEM fields more gender-balanced

I am really excited to see this paper, which I’ve just begun reading.  (Thanks, C!)

Cheryan Ziegler Montoya Jiang in press Psych Bull-2

Our work approaches the problem of women’s underrepresentation by using a “wide-angle lens” (Fiske & Markus, 2012, p. 3), investigating both micro-level and macro-level factors that explain gender differences in participation across STEM fields. As we will see below, students’ choices are made within a larger social and structural environment that makes the barriers to entering some STEM fields significantly higher for women than men. These social and structural factors operate in tandem to pull girls and women (and boys and men) toward some STEM fields while pushing them away from others.

Great response to online harassment

Emily Temple-Wood, a biology undergraduate student, is writing a Wikipedia entry about a woman scientist for every harassing email she receives.


Wikimedia Blogreports Temple-Wood’s first entry was also powered by rage, when she realized few of the female members of the Royal Society (science’s cool club) had a Wikipedia page. She says, “I got [angry] and wrote an article that night … I literally sat in the hallway in the dorm until 2am writing [my] first women in science article.”

Now she writes one every time she receives a harassing email.  She has written a lot of entries.