Women are under-represented in physical sciences.

Only 23% of Engineering Grads are women. While there has been a rise in the number of women completing doctoral degrees in areas like life sciences and social sciences, these gains have not been reflected in physical science or engineering degrees— with women making up only 23% of engineering degrees. For women of colour, the number is even smaller: less than 2% of physical sciences and engineering PhD degrees.


Mother Nature Needs Her Daughters: A Homeward Bound Global Review and Fact Sheet Investigating Gender Inequality in STEMM

Prepared by Fabian Dattner, Homeward Bound CEO and Co-founder;
Dr Mary-Ellen Feeney, Jacobs Group (Australia); and
Professor Tonia Gray, Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University.
Compiled by Homeward Bound Alumni from 2018 & 2019

Copies can be download at https://doi.org/10.26183/5d22d5fbe2349

Online version here.

National Centre for Science and Engineering Statistics. Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2016

National Science Foundation (2018) . NSF 18-304.


On the compliance of women engineers with a gendered scientific system

Even in engineering, where women publish in higher-impact journals, they receive fewer citations and it is hypothesised that this is due to male collaboration networks.



Large gender gap persists in physical sciences

PHYSICS TODAY – Although the participation of women in science is increasing around the world, the physical sciences are lagging behind other fields in closing the gender gap. From 2011 to 2015, just 21% of the US physicists and astronomers who published peer-reviewed articles, reviews, or conference proceedings were women, according to a report released 8 March by the publisher Elsevier.


Women in physics: Why there's a problem and how we can solve it

NEW SCIENTIST – In 2016, no girls studied A level physics in almost half of the schools in England that admit girls. In the same year, just one-third of schools had two or more girls taking the subject. It is a similar picture across much of the world. Despite all the initiatives to attract more girls into physics, the proportion remains stubbornly low.



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