Removing Barriers

Removing Barriers

Women in Academic Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/20/2006
ISBN: 978-0-253-11173-9
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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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Jill M. Bystydzienski and Sharon R. Bird
Part I. History of Women in STEM Fields
1. Sustaining Gains: Reflections on Women in Science and Technology in the Twentieth-Century United States Sally Gregory Kohlstedt
2. From "Engineeresses" to "Girl Engineers" to "Good Engineers": A History of Women's U.S. Engineering Education Amy Sue Bix
Part II. Institutional and Cultural Barriers for Women in STEM
3. Using POWRE to ADVANCE: Institutional Barriers Identified by Women Scientists and Engineers Sue V. Rosser
4. Telling Stories about Engineering: Group Dynamics and Resistance to Diversity Cynthia Burack and Suzanne E. Franks
5. The Gender Gap in Information Technology Mo-Yin S. Tam and Gilbert W. Bassett, Jr.
6. African American Women in Science: Experiences from High School through the Post-secondary Years and Beyond Sandra L. Hanson
7. African Women Pursuing Graduate Studies in the Sciences: Racism, Gender Bias, and Third World Marginality Josephine Beoku-Betts
8. Gendered Experiences in the Science Classroom Molly J. Dingel
Part III. Feminist Study of Scientific Practice
9. The Construction of Sexual Bimorphism and Heterosexuality in the Animal Kingdom Kirsten Smilla Ebeling
10. Feminism and Science: Mechanism without Reductionism Carla Fehr
11. Across the Language Barrier: Gender in Plant Biology and Feminist Theory Dana A. Dudle and Meryl Altman
Part IV. Remedies and Change
12. The Graduate Experience of Women in STEM and How It Could Be Improved Anne J. MacLachlan
13. How Can Women and Students of Color Come to Belong in Graduate Mathematics? Abbe H. Herzig
14. Designing Gender-Sensitive Computer Games to Close the Gender Gap in Technology Anna M. Martinson
15. Making Sense of Retention: An Examination of Undergraduate Women's Participation in Physics Courses Heidi Fencl and Karen R. Scheel
16. Creating Academic Career Opportunities for Women in Science: Lessons from Lib