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November WiSE Up! Leaning in, but Getting Pushed Back (and Out)
November 19, 2014 @ 5:30 am - 7:00 pm
A recent study of female engineers revealed that, while women are making strides in obtaining degrees in STEM fields, they do not remain in these fields after graduation. The chart shown indicates where former female engineers are now. Dr. Nadya Fouad, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, attributed the exodus of women to a “chilly” workplace environment. Though the study focused on women in engineering fields, the same barriers to retention (inflexible work hours, excessive work loads, lack of female upper management) can be applied to almost any STEM career path.
How can we correct this problem and retain qualified female engineers and scientists? Fortunately, several companies have recognized the issue and have already begun seeking their own solutions. Though somewhat controversial, Facebook and Apple are now covering the costs of egg freezing for women. In addition, Dr. Fouad proposes several ideas for retaining women engineers: more flexible time schedules, clear paths for advancement, and a welcoming work environment.
Please join us for a discussion of these articles, how mentorship affects retention in the workplace, and how WE can help to improve working conditions for every employee, regardless of gender.
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WiSE Up! is an informal monthly discussion of a relevant topic related to women in science and engineering. The purpose of these discussions is to (1) stay informed of new research and/or current events relating to women in STEM fields (2) discuss challenges our members face and how to overcome them, and (3) provide a casual activity to attract more people and build our network. Each discussion is organized by a WiSE member who helps pick the topic, finds relevant articles, and guides the discussion. This year, we will also be posting a summary of the topic and our discussion on the WiSE blog, which extends the dialogue to others who cannot attend the discussion in person.