Women in STEM, not homogenous

In preparation for the upcoming Women in Entomology Breakfast (Monday, 17 Nov. 6:15 AM-8 AM, at the Portland DoubleTree in the Holladay Rm on the first floor--hope you all got my email blast last night!), Michelle Smith passed on the following link: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/141107-gender-studies-women-scientific-research-feminist/

I think it is interesting and misleading that the different science groupings (Social Sciences, Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences, Computer-related fields, Engineering) are often lumped when looking at overall participation by women in STEM.  Even here (second graph), grouping Life and Physical Sciences together is misleading, as Life Sciences tend to have more women than the Physical Sciences (third graph).  What is it about the life sciences (biological sciences that include botany, entomology, zoology, microbiology, genomics, etc.) that make it nearly as attractive to women as the social sciences? Or are differences within the "life sciences" as great as seen in the those graphs spanning social sciences to engineering? What about differences among the entomological subspecialties (systematics, ecology, medical, urban, veterinary, physiology, genomics, pest management, bio/biodiversity informatics)? What is it (or what are the factors) that we need to address?  Is it really a matter of disciplinary differences, or is it something else?  What do you think?

On another note, I forgot to mention the Sunday afternoon (1:15-5:15 PM) member symposium: Grand Challenges in Keeping and Fostering Women in Entomology: Working Toward a Brighter Future on Our Horizon, in B113-114 Oregon Convention Center.  Don't miss it!!

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