NEWSWATCH: “Where STEM girls at: Russian women in STEM” – Bear Market Brief/Kasey Stricklin

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“Women in Russia are entering STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields at a higher rate than many of their Western counterparts, but there are still far less Russian women that men in the majority of these fields. … While interest in STEM drops precipitously at an early age in most other countries, often due to gender stereotypes, Russian girls view the field more positively and sustain their interest throughout their teenage years. They focus on the field as a potential employment opportunity, often based on the encouragement of parents, female role models in the field, and their teachers, who tend to be female as well. …. * * * Some Russian women said they experienced no specific difficulties in their STEM careers. However, a number of other women noted hardships and stereotypes … including isolation from loved ones, condescension from colleagues … derision from higher ups. … their scientific research was often not as appreciated as that of … male colleagues … teachers tended to more often support the scientific work of male students. …”

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