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Global trends and the STEM Doctoral “Pipeline”

Over the past few years a number of important reports on the participation of women in Science and Engineering have been published. Many of these reports were presented at the first of a series of Brown Bag seminars focused on “Women faculty in STEM — Where do we stand?” UC Davis ADVANCE program coordinator Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung highlighted work that shows that though progress has been made in the number of Science and Engineering degrees awarded since the 1970’s*, gender-based and ethnicity-based inequities in Science and Engineering are real, measurable and persistent for a number of career-related indicators.

*In the United States women continue to represent a growing share of doctorate holders, rising to 32.9% of all science, engineering, and health  doctorate holders in February 2013, from 31.5% in October 2010 and 30.2% in October 2008.

Recommended Reading:

  •  How Nations Fare in PhDs by Sex [Interactive]”, Scientific American v. 311, Issue 4 – Sep 16, 2014 
  • “Diversity in Science: Where Are the Data?”, Scientific American v. 311, Issue 4 – Sep 16, 2014
  • “Nature vs Nurture: Girls and STEM”, Soapbox Science Blog, Nature – Sep 4, 2014
  • “Mind the Gender Gap” and “Barred from the Boardroom”, Nature v 495, n 7 – March 2013
  • Links to the remaining reports presented in the seminar can be found here on the ADVANCE facts & figures page.


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