Women in Science Now: Stories and Strategies for Achieving Equity

Columbia Univ. Oct. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780231206143. $24.95. SCI
This first engaging and consequential book for science writer Munoz summarizes recent research and public conversations about the challenges women scientists still face. Organized around issues of mentorship, recruitment, visibility, work culture, and more, each chapter contains interviews with women about their experiences and research on gender bias in STEM. Particular attention is given to women of color and the significant barriers to their success. Concepts such as the Matilda effect (the bias against acknowledging women scientists’ contributions), social role theory, and imposter syndrome are explained here through the work of women social psychologists. Munoz proposes solutions that don’t attempt to affect the behavior of underrepresented groups but instead try to change institutions, systems, and societal values. Pro tips from each chapter are listed at the end, which provide immediate, research-based interventions.
VERDICT As studies show that awareness of gender bias leads to more inclusion, this book is essential reading for faculty, administrators, potential students, and the entire scientific community. The focus is on higher education, but the book also looks at multiple research studies and proven interventions in science programming for younger students.
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