Gender in STEM Education and Academic Employment: Focus on Intersectionality

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC04 Sociology of Education (host committee)

Language: English

For the first two decades of the 21stcentury gender equity within science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) has been receiving more attention than ever before. The number of empirical studies that explore gender inequities in science education has been growing exponentially. A worldwide rollout of initiatives such as Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) in the USA, the UK’s Athena SWAN Charter and the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) in Australia, marks new and intense efforts to achieve gender parity in science. This session invites submissions that focus on the intersections between gender and ethnicity, sexuality, disability and other minority statuses at all levels of STEMM education and in relevant academic employment. Papers that explore inequities in science that affect migrant women from diverse ethnic backgrounds are particularly welcome.

The goal of this session is to highlight and discuss how “double disadvantages” in STEMM affect women (but also some men) with multiple minority statuses e.g. indigenous peoples, religious minorities, people who study and work in their second language, who are of diverse sexes or genders, diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds or who live with disabilities. Theoretical and empirical contributions based on single-country and comparative analyses are invited. Within the latter, both quantitative and qualitative papers are welcome.

Session Organizer:
Joanna SIKORA, Australian National University, Australia
Oral Presentations
What Do We Say When We Talk about Women and Science? Framing Problems and Solutions in the EU and US.
Myra Marx FERREE, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA; Kathrin ZIPPEL, Northeastern University, USA
At the Intersection of Gender and Family Type: Does Family Structure Matter for Gendered Educational Aspirations?
Belinda AESCHLIMANN, Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training SFIVET, Switzerland; Andreas HADJAR, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
First a Woman, then a Mother - Maternal Wall in STEM.
Natasza KOSAKOWSKA-BEREZECKA, University of Gdansk, Poland; Magdalena ZADKOWSKA, University of Gdansk, Poland
Gender and Ethnicity in Israeli High School STEM Courses: Students Beliefs and School Policies
Yariv FENIGER, Ben-Gurion Universit, Israel; Halleli PINSON, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Gender Gap in Math Aversion. Explaining Propensity to Choose Advanced Math at High Stake Exam in Poland
Alicja ZAWISTOWSKA, University of Bialystok, Poland; Ireneusz SADOWSKI, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Back to Where They Belong? How Social Origins and Educational Destinations Matter for Persistence in Gender-Atypical Educational Fields in Finland
Irene PRIX, University of Turku, Finland; Anna Erika HÄGGLUND, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany; Laura MENZE, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany
Gender Gap in STEM Education and Professions in Indian Society
Sangeeta YADUVANSHI, Banaras Hindu University, India