Book Launch: 'Pathways, Potholes, and the Persistence of Women in Science'

Event Details

March 28, 2017
11:30 am-1:00 pm

Life Science Laboratories

Room: S330

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Contact:
Wendy Varner

Do gender dynamics drive drive women away from science?  Does studying science put women on equal footing with men? What roadblocks do women scientists face in promotion in academia? Join us in discussing these and many other issues for women in science as we celebrate the release of Pathways, Potholes, and the Persistence of Women in Science: Reconsidering the Pipeline, written by 21 scholars and edited by faculty advisor to the chancellor for diversity and and inclusive excellence Enobong (Anna) Branch.

Training for and pursuing a career in science can be treacherous for women; many more begin than ultimately complete at every stage. Furthermore, gender intersects with other identities, such as race/ethnicity and nativity, to shape participation in science. Characterizing this as a pipeline problem, however, leads to a focus on individual women instead of structural conditions. The goal of the book is to offer an alternative model that better articulates the ideas of agency, constraint, and variability along the path to scientific careers for women--applying the metaphor of the road marked with exits, pathways, and potholes. Collectively, the chapters leverage this approach to build on our existing knowledge of scientific work, provide useful tools, and suggest areas of exploration to support women and minorities in navigating the road as they train for and build a career in science.

A panel of chapter authors, Branch, Laurel Smith-Doerr and Laura E. Hirshfield, will read passages from the book and engage in a discussion moderated by Craig Martin (Chemistry), followed by a reception.

This event, co-sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the College of Natural Sciences, and ISSR, is free and open to the community, and will be of interest to those working in and on careers in science.