From the Summary:
Many attempts have been made to improve the under-representation of
women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers
in the UK. Yet currently only 17 per cent of STEM professors are women.
It is astonishing that despite clear imperatives and multiple
initiatives to improve diversity in STEM, women still remain
under-represented at senior levels across every discipline. One
compelling reason to tackle this problem is that the UK economy needs
more STEM workers and we cannot meet the demand without increasing the
numbers of women in STEM.
There is no single explanation for the lack of gender diversity in STEM;
it is the result of perceptions and biases combined with the
impracticalities of combining a career with family. Scientists often
consider themselves to be objective and unbiased, yet studies have shown
that scientists are susceptible to the same biases as the rest of the
population. Therefore we have recommended that diversity and equality
training should be provided to all STEM undergraduate and postgraduate
students. It should also be mandatory for all members of recruitment and
promotion panels and line managers.
Source:Science and Technology Committee, House of Commons, Parliament, U.K.
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