A new report from the National Research Council says the underrepresentation of women in the so-called STEM fields in higher education results from fewer applicants, and not any gender discrimination. The report's findings suggest that research institutions should focus on cultivating young women's interest in STEM-related subjects and recruiting them to these fields if they want a more gender-diverse faculty.
Although women are still underrepresented in the applicant pool for faculty positions in science, technology, engineering, and math at major research universities, those women who do apply are interviewed and hired at rates equal to or higher than those for men, according...
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