Women remain woefully underrepresented in the STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) fields. But the explanations we’ve been given over the years for this discrepancy (lack of role models, lack of encouragement at early ages, perceptions that STEMM is for boys, etc.., etc…) may have only been telling a small part of the story.
A less palatable explanation that few in academia and the federal agencies that fund STEMM research would like to acknowledge has a lot to do with how young women are treated in college and during the early stages of their careers. In fact, the latest data and studies by the National Academy of Sciences point to a disturbing trend: Women are being bullied and harassed out of STEMM careers.
To make matters worse, young women still don’t have the proper resources at their disposal to submit formal or anonymous reports of harassment. This is academia’s dirty little risk management secret that needs to be addressed. On this episode of the Prevention Podcast, we shed much needed light on the risk to America’s leadership in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.