Interested in learning more about the racial and gender gaps in STEM? Here are some articles.
- Why So Few?: a comprehensive analysis of several factors affecting the retention of women in STEM fields
- Why are there still so few women in science?: an article from The New York Times Magazine on the same topic featuring illuminating anecdotes
- The Confidence Gap: an article from The Atlantic about differences in confidence and self-perception between women and men
- “Hands Off My Confidence”: Professor Piper Harron’s inspiring take on the confidence gap
- Balancing Academia and Racism: an article from The Atlantic about how racial environments on college campuses affect the mental health of students of color
- Why Bias Holds Women Back: an article about unconscious bias by Yale astrophysicist Meg Urry
- Color Blind or Color Brave?: a TED talk by finance executive Mellody Hobson
- Picture yourself as a stereotypical male: an MIT blog post about stereotype threat
- An Academic with Impostor Syndrome: a first-person account of impostor syndrome in academia
- Why Men Don’t Believe the Data on Gender Bias in Science: an article from Wired on how men tend to ignore data on gender bias
If you’re especially interested in the science behind the racial and gender gaps in STEM, here are some research articles.
- Problems in the pipeline: Stereotype threat and women’s achievement in high-level math courses
- Stereotype lift
- Who wants to have a career in science or math? Exploring adolescents’ future aspirations by gender and race/ethnicity
- Pipelines and pathways: Women of color in undergraduate STEM majors and the college experiences that contribute to persistence
- Quality of evidence revealing subtle gender biases in science is in the eye of the beholder
Here are some awesome blogs:
- The Liberated Mathematician: Professor Piper Harron of University of Hawaii at Manoa writes about intersectional radical feminism, number theory, anti-racism, and more. Also worth skimming: her PhD thesis advised by Manjul Bhargava.
- Vanguard STEM: A blog and monthly web series featuring women of color in STEM. Check out their feature on Professor Pamela Harris!
- mathbabe: Cathy O’Neill, author of Weapons of Math Destruction, writes about white supremacy, the ways big data is used to oppress people, and her life in New York City.
- Baking and Math: Yen Duong, mathematician, baker, and mother, blogs about life as a PhD candidate.
- math3ma: Just a beautiful math blog. Lots of concepts explained in relatively accessible ways.