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The importance of mentoring to increase diversity in STEM

from Inside Higher Ed

Complex and layered reasons explain the lack of diversity in STEM, particularly in the more disparate fields such as physics. The reason for fewer women in these roles range from gender biases pruning females from this path early on, to the lack of accommodating work/life balance leading women to choose alternate paths later in their careers. The percentage of female faculty has been increasing; however, even for women who do pursue these positions, reports show that they still face barriers to gaining equal pay, and fewer end up in tenured positions. While there won't be any easy fix to this perennial issue, there is strong evidence to suggest that improving the environment in STEM fields can have a huge impact. more

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