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How Stereotypes Can Drive Women To Quit Science

Walk into any tech company or university math department, and you’ll likely see a gender disparity: Fewer women than men seem to go into fields involving science, engineering, technology and mathematics.

Over the years, educators, recruiters and government authorities have bemoaned the gender gap and warned that it can have dire consequences for American competitiveness and continued technological dominance.

It isn’t just that fewer women choose to go into these fields. Even when they go into these fields and are successful, women are more likely than men to quit.

Can this outcome be traced at least in part to differences in how men and women scientists communicate? Click here read more from (or listen to) this June 12, 2012 NPR story by Shankar Vedentam.

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