Monday, November 7th, Prospect, Model United Nations at UCSD, and International Affairs Group will be hosting “The Importance and Role of Women in Development: A Panel Discussion“. This panel talk will bring together multiple disciplines to discuss not only why gender equality is important but also crucial for the growth and prosperity of developing countries.
We’re lucky enough to be hosting an expert panel of speakers:
Prashant Bharadwaj, UCSD Department of Economics
“Growing Pains – Health and Education Challenges Faced by Young Women in India.”
Jay Silverman, UCSD Medical School Division of Global Public Health
“Gender-based Violence Against Women and Girls: A Major Barrier to Health.”
Nancy Gilson, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
“What Does it Mean to Be “Equal” In a Diverse World?: Defining Gender Equity so that It Can Be Measured.”
If you’re in the San Diego area stop by, it should be an interesting and informative discussion.
By Taylor Marvin
Via Kay Steiger, Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce has a new report out on women in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields:
It’s worth remembering that while a greater and greater percentage of doctorates are awarded to women, there are still huge institutional barriers to women entering the science and technology workforce. While increasing female education attainment will likely erode these barriers in the future, they’re enormously harmful today. Barriers that cause large numbers of female STEM BA graduates to leave their field is a huge waste of talent.
The report also presents another interesting, if discouraging, finding — the gender wage gap for STEM workers is higher than for other fields:
The entire report is very informative; check it out.
Update: I should probably note that the above statistic only covers female STEM BAs, which are generally less useful than STEM BSs, for both males and females. The lower career utility of a STEM BA vs. a BS likely explains some of the high attrition rate of female STEM BA graduates. That said, there’s clearly suboptimal education resource allocation going on if that many female STEM BAs don’t stick to jobs in their fields.