Removing Barriers

Removing Barriers

Women in Academic Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Edited by Jill M. Bystydzienski and Sharon R. Bird
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/20/2006
Format: Paperback 1 b&w photos, 6 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21817-9
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Movement into academic science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields has been slow for women and minorities. Not only are women and minorities underrepresented in STEM careers, there is strong evidence that many academic departments are resistant to addressing the concerns that keep them from entering careers in these fields. In light of recent controversies surrounding these issues, this volume, examining reasons for the persistence of barriers that block the full participation and advancement of underrepresented groups in the sciences and addressing how academic departments and universities can remedy the situation, is particularly timely. As a whole, the volume shows positive examples of institutions and departments that have been transformed by the inclusion of women and recommends a set of best practices for continuing growth in positive directions.

Author Bio

Jill M. Bystydzienski is Director of the Women’s Studies Program and Professor of Sociology at Iowa State University.

Sharon R. Bird is Associate Professor of Sociology and an affiliate of the Women’s Studies Program at Iowa State University.

Reviews

“Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields have opened for women, but only very slowly. Not only are they underrepresented in these areas, there is strong evidence that many academic departments are resistant to addressing the concerns that maintain the status quo. This volume points to positive examples of institutions and departments that have been transformed by the inclusion of women and recommends a set of best practices for continuing growth.”

“. . . an interesting and thought-provoking addition to the literature on gender in science.Vol. 114.4 January 2009”
 — Catherine Riegle-Crumb, University of Texas, Austin

“This book reviews current barriers to opportunities for participation in the sciences and discusses how academia can address possible solutions, important for academic deans to consider when hiring new faculty. . . . For women's studies and academic departments interested in diversifying their academic units in STEM areas. An excellent, thought-provoking read. . . . Highly recommended.”
 — Choice

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