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Breaking into the LabEngineering Progress for Women in Science$
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Sue V. Rosser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814776452

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814776452.001.0001

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Why Women in Science Are Still Controversial after Thirty Years

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Breaking into the Lab

Sue V. Rosser

NYU Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of women in the science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. During the last three decades, the overall percentage of women receiving degrees in STEM has increased dramatically. This increase tends to mask at least three aspects of the demographics of the science and technology workforce. First, when data represent U.S. and immigrant scientists only, and are not disaggregated by gender, they mask the decrease in the number of U.S. white men in STEM. Second, the aggregated data mask the wide variance of women's participation among fields in STEM. Finally, aggregated data mask the disintegration of women at every phase of the educational and career STEM program. Thus, this book argues that unless more men of color and women enter the science and engineering workforce, the United States will not produce the number of scientists and engineers it needs to sustain its workforce without importing them from other countries.

Keywords:   women, science and technology, engineering, mathematics, STEM, immigrant scientists, STEM workforce

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