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Catch 22 - improving visibility of women in science and engineering for both recruitment and retention

Fogg-Rogers, Laura; Hobbs, Laura

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There is a significant under-representation of women in STEM which is damaging societal progress for democratic, utilitarian, and equity reasons. However, changing stereotypes in STEM requires a solution denied by the problem-more visible female role models. Science communicators are critical to curate the conditions to bypass this Catch 22. We propose that enhancing self-efficacy for female scientists and engineers to mentor others will generate more supportive workplaces. Similarly, enhancing self-efficacy for public engagement improves the visibility of diverse female role models for young girls. These social connections will ultimately improve the science capital of girls and other minorities in STEM.

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Fogg-Rogers, L., & Hobbs, L. (2019). Catch 22 - improving visibility of women in science and engineering for both recruitment and retention. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 18(4), https://doi.org/10.22323/2.18040305

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 12, 2019
Online Publication Date Sep 30, 2019
Publication Date Sep 30, 2019
Deposit Date Oct 17, 2019
Publicly Available Date Oct 17, 2019
Journal JCOM: Journal of Science Communication
Print ISSN 1824-2049
Electronic ISSN 1824-2049
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 4
Article Number CO5
DOI https://doi.org/10.22323/2.18040305
Keywords Women in STEM; representation; self-efficacy
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/3573348
Publisher URL https://jcom.sissa.it/archive/18/04/JCOM_1804_2019_C01/JCOM_1804_2019_C05

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