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Earth Science, Women in

Earth science, like most of the other sciences, remains a male-dominated field. The percentage of women in the earth or geosciences steadily decreases from elementary to secondary to higher education levels and into the career level, a phenomenon researchers term the “leaky” or “shrinking pipeline.” Reasons for gender inequities in the field include gender stereotypes, gendered educational experiences, lack of mentors and role models, and work-family responsibilities that mirror those found in the other sciences. A number of organizations have arisen to attract more women to the field and improve working conditions.

Women in Earth Sciences Studies

Increasing numbers of female students enroll in science courses at the secondary school level, but many of these gains have not translated to significant enrollment increases at the college or ...

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