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  • A strategy to transcend gender inequities

    The Chronicle of Higher Education - 04/23/2017

    While women working in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — may struggle for inclusion in the United States, they increasingly are finding opportunities through international collaborations.

    Kathrin S. Zippel documents the phenomenon in Women in Global Science: Advancing Academic Careers Through International Collaboration (Stanford University Press, 2017). Ms. Zippel, an associate professor of sociology at Northeastern University, writes that being seen as representatives of the United States’ superior global standing in STEM fields outweighs such challenges as gender prejudice, institutional indifference, scarce grant support, and foreign workplace cultures. She coins the term “.edu bonus,” saying that overseas collaborators see that designation of employment at an American institution as more salient than gender.

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