Why aren't women choosing STEM academic jobs? Observations from a small-group discussion at the 2016 American Society for Microbiology annual meeting

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Abstract

This commentary summarizes a small-group discussion that recently occurred at the American Society for Microbiology annual general meeting, ASM Microbe, in Boston, Massachusetts, on 16-20 June 2016, on the topic 'why are so few women choosing to become academics?' Specifically, the discussion focused on asking what the actual and perceived barriers to academic STEM careers women face, and possible solutions to address them which would make women more likely to seek out academic careers. The conclusions reached suggest that, despite improvement in recent years, women and minorities still face complex barriers to STEM academic careers, and further research is needed to determine the best solutions to this problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberfnx057
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Volume364
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

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Copyright 2017 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Career path
  • Gender inequality
  • Intersectionality
  • Sexism
  • Women in STEM
  • Work-life balance

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