Do women in STEM experience hostile work environments?


Study shows women in STEM fields experience an array of discrimination

Women in STEM jobs are more likely to experience hostile work environments, including discrimination and sexual harassment, according to a new nationally-representative Pew Research Center study.

Research in the study reveals that gender “is perceived as more of an impediment than an advantage to career success.”

Women in three particular groups are more likely to see workplace inequities: women who are employed in STEM settings where men outnumber women, women who work in computer jobs, and women who hold postgraduate degrees.

The findings are particularly troubling as policymakers and the STEM sector raise awareness about the need for more highly-qualified STEM workers, and as women and minorities become more vocal about their underrepresentation and treatment in the technology industry.

(Next page: 8 forms of discrimination women in STEM experience in the workplace)

Laura Ascione