Women in Science and Technology: Confronting Inequalities

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SAGE Publications, Jan 7, 2020 - Social Science - 256 pages

Women in Science and Technology: Confronting Inequalities comprehensively explores women’s status in the Science and Technology (S&T) domain by rigorously analysing and interpreting extensive recent information on major areas such as engineering, medicine, physical sciences, biosciences and mathematics. The book forcefully demonstrates that gender-based differences and expectations play the determining role in limiting women’s participation in S&T. These exist in various forms, from making subject choices in school and opting for specific disciplines in college to embracing specific career avenues such as scientific research. This book shows how the construction of gendered identities is perpetuated through a masculine culture in the informal environment of elite educational institutes and in major S&T workplaces such as academia and research laboratories, which serve together to exclude women from peer groups and opportunities for advancement.

The book makes substantive recommendations for policy measures on college admissions, improvement of institutional and organizational environments, and recruitment and capacity building for women in S&T. It calls for substantially reducing the myriad societal and familial barriers through cooperation and understanding.

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About the author (2020)

Namrata Gupta is a sociologist who works on women in science and engineering, with a focus on how the participation and rise of women scientists in academia and research laboratories is affected by the organizational aspects, patriarchal sociocultural norms and a lack of universalism in science. Her research also includes the study of women engineering students and relationship between gender and technology. She has published extensively with reputed journals of SAGE and other publishers. She has several publications to her credit in collaboration with renowned international researchers, such as those in the journals Minerva and Cambridge Journal of International Affairs, in the report 'Gender and Excellence in the Making' published by the European Union in 2004, and in the book Handbook of Science and Technology Studies published in 2007. She has been the recipient of several fellowships and grants from the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). She has also been a member of the Associate Board of Work, Employment and Society from 2012 to 2017 and has been invited to international workshops including an NSF-funded workshop in the USA.

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