Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sexual harassment towards women in #STEM fields

Recent media campaigns and policy initiatives have focused on addressing the underrepresentation of women (as well as racial and ethnic minorities) in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. While women are entering STEM disciplines in increasingly large numbers, many leave the field before earning a terminal degree.

A new study published by PLOS One may provides some reason as to why women choose to leave STEM disciplines. The study, conducted by four female researchers, surveyed 666 scientists (516 women and 150) men via an online questionnaire on the scope of sexual assault and harassment in research work. The results were startling. The researchers found that 64% of subjects experienced sexual harassment during field research and 20% experienced sexual assault. Women were more likely to report harassment from a supervisor, and men from a peer.

With this knowledge, how can we make STEM fields safer and more inviting to women? How can we make workplaces, whether STEM or otherwise, more open and inclusive for all individuals? What changes in policies or culture need to be enacted?

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