Catch 22 — improving visibility of women in science and engineering for both recruitment and retention

Date: 
Monday, September 30, 2019
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Professional Development and Workshops, Informal/Formal Connections, K-12 Programs
Audience: 
General Public | Scientists
Discipline: 
Engineering | General STEM
Access and Inclusion: 
Women and Girls
Low Socioeconomic Status
Organization:
University of the West of England, Bristol
Description: 

There is a significant under-representation of women in STEM which is damaging societal progress for democratic, utilitarian, and equity reasons. However, changing stereotypes in STEM requires a solution denied by the problem — more visible female role models. Science communicators are critical to curate the conditions to bypass this Catch 22. We propose that enhancing self-efficacy for female scientists and engineers to mentor others will generate more supportive workplaces. Similarly, enhancing self-efficacy for public engagement improves the visibility of diverse female role models for young girls. These social connections will ultimately improve the science capital of girls and other minorities in STEM.

Citation
DOI:
10.22323/2.18040305
ISSN:
1824-2049
Publication Name: 
Journal of Science Communication
Volume: 
18
Number: 
4
Document:

Team Members

Laura HobbsLaura HobbsAuthor

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