The Hypatia Project consortium is always on the lookout for the latest resources on the topic of gender-inclusiveness and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Here is our second volume of digest of what’s driving European and global conversations.
This year’s edition of the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report dives into the dynamics of gender gaps across industry talent pools and occupations. The Global Gender Gap Report benchmarks 144 countries on their progress towards gender parity across four thematic dimensions: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment.
For women working in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) jobs, the workplace is a different, sometimes more hostile environment than the one their male co-workers experience. Conducted in the summer of 2017, prior to the recent outcry about sexual harassment by men in positions of public prominence, the Pew Research Center’s new survey findings also speak to the broader issues facing women in the workplace across occupations and industries.
In the special issue of the European Integration online Papers (EIoP), the authors reconsider the practicability of gender mainstreaming in the European Union (EU) and its traction in the European integration project more broadly. The paper argues that the EU is a battleground where gender equality concerns must struggle against a masculine stronghold. They question whether there are better means to bring about gender mainstreaming’s transformative triumph. By Elaine Weiner and Heather MacRae.
This article addresses two major questions about women and science. Firstly, the commentary looks at the ways science and technology are discussed and represented all around us in society. Secondly, I ask whether this matters. The defining issue is therefore whether or not being human affects the type of science and technology that is conducted and valued within our society. By addressing these questions in science communication, we can add much to the debate about gender diversity and affirmative action being portrayed in our media and culture.
Emily Dawson’s article on inclusion outlines how social justice theories, in combination with the concepts of infrastructure access, literacies and community acceptance, can be used to think about equity in out-of-school science learning. She applies these ideas to out-of-school science learning via television, science clubs and maker spaces, looking at research as well as illustrative examples to see how equity challenges are being addressed in practice. By Laura Fogg-Rogers.
In her article for the New Yorker, Sheelah Kolhatkar explores how the dramatic imbalance in pay and power has created the conditions for abuse in the tech industry.