, Volume 60, Issue 9-10, pp 751-753
Date: 15 Oct 2008

Why So Few Women? Explaining Gendered Occupational Outcomes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields

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Despite several decades of research, legislation, and interventions focused on gender equality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields (Clewell 2002), men still significantly outnumber women in STEM careers in most countries and cultures of the world. In the United States, Canada, Australia, most of the European Union, Japan, countries of Africa and Latin America, few women continue to enter occupations in these fields and even fewer are likely to persist in them (INWES 2007).

This edited volume addresses the question “why so few women?” by bringing together relevant research conducted by scholars from diverse disciplines including social and developmental psychology, cultural anthropology, biology, human development, education and sociology. The studies included rely mainly on large-scale longitudinal samples from Canada, the USA, Australia, Japan, Turkey and several European Union countries which allow the researchers to explore gendered STEM career outcomes