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Colloquium | Physics Division

Understanding and Reducing Gender Bias to Promote Excellence in STEM

PHY Colloquium

Abstract: Despite efforts to recruit and retain more women, a stark gender disparity remains within STEM fields. This persistent underrepresentation speaks to the importance of identifying impediments to women’s full participation in STEM, as well as developing innovative and effective diversity interventions aimed at increasing the representation of women.

In this talk, I will first present experimental evidence of gender bias within STEM, as well as its direct consequences for women’s STEM engagement and participation. I will then discuss a program of ongoing research testing evidence-based interventions aimed at increasing awareness of and reducing this gender bias. Throughout, I will highlight implications for academic meritocracy, diversity, and gender parity across STEM fields.