Advancing Women in Science

An International Perspective

  • Willie Pearson, Jr.
  • Lisa M. Frehill
  • Connie L. McNeely

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Lisa M. Frehill, Connie L. McNeely, Willie Pearson Jr.
    Pages 1-6
  3. Cross-Cultural Foundational Issues

  4. Exemplar Disciplines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Lisa J. Borello, Robert Lichter, Willie Pearson Jr., Janet L. Bryant
      Pages 131-171
    3. Lynne Billard, Karen Kafadar
      Pages 203-236
    4. Lisa M. Frehill, J. McGrath Cohoon
      Pages 237-272
  5. Policies and Programs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Daryl E. Chubin, Catherine Didion, Josephine Beoku-Betts
      Pages 275-305
    3. Cheryl Leggon, Connie L. McNeely, Jungwon Yoon
      Pages 307-340
    4. Connie L. McNeely, Lisa M. Frehill, Willie Pearson Jr.
      Pages 341-344

About this book


Many countries have implemented policies to increase the number and quality of scientific researchers as a means to foster innovation and spur economic development and progress. To that end, grounded in a view of women as a rich, yet underutilized knowledge and labor resource, a great deal of recent attention has focused on encouraging women to pursue education and careers in science — even in countries with longstanding dominant patriarchal regimes. Yet, overall, science remains an area in which girls and women are persistently disadvantaged.  This book addresses that situation.  It bridges the gap between individual- and societal-level perspectives on women in science in a search for systematic solutions to the challenge of building an inclusive and productive scientific workforce capable of creating the innovation needed for economic growth and societal wellbeing.

This book examines both the role of gender as an organizing principle of social life and the relative position of women scientists within national and international labor markets.  Weaving together and engaging research on globalization, the social organization of science, and gendered societal relations as key social forces, this book addresses critical issues affecting women’s contributions and participation in science. Also, while considering women’s representation in science as a whole, examinations of women in the chemical sciences, computing, mathematics, and statistics are offered as examples to provide insights into how differing disciplinary cultures, functional tasks, and socio-historical conditions can affect the advancement of women in science relative to important variations in educational and occupational realities.

Edited by three social scientists recognized for their expertise in science and technology policy, education, workforce participation, and stratification, this book includes contributions from an intellectually diverse group of international scholars and analysts, and features compelling cases and initiatives from around the world, with implications for research, industry practice, education, and policy development.


Gender Bias Labor Markets Scientific Workforce Women and Education Women in Science Workforce Segregation

Editors and affiliations

  • Willie Pearson, Jr.
    • 1
  • Lisa M. Frehill
    • 2
  • Connie L. McNeely
    • 3
  1. 1.School of History, Technology, and SocietyGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Energetics Technology Center (ETC)St. CharlesUSA
  3. 3.School of Policy, Government, and International AffairsGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-08628-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-08629-3
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