About the Book
** Softcover Edition. For hardcover, visit: http://www.blurb.ca/b/6803988-wwest-s-gender-diversity-in-stem_-a-briefing-on-wo Whether meeting with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) industry leaders, talking to engineers and scientists, holding workshops for non-profit leaders, or running outreach events for youth, the same questions come up and again: “Why women in STEM?” “Why does it matter?” “Aren’t we past bias in the workplace?” “What if engineering just isn’t interesting to girls?” “What can I do?” Answering these questions requires analysis supported by facts: studies, statistics, research, and scientifically-supported conclusions. This book responds to common questions, topics, and misconceptions with factual, cited answers and evidence. Each topic is succinct, covered in an at-a-glance visual format. These chapters are accompanied by commentaries from industry leaders and academic experts, selected to provide additional perspectives on the issue of gender diversity in STEM. Topics include: Microaggessions, The Business Case for Gender Diversity, Unconscious Bias, Stereotype Threat, Social Identity Threat in the Workplace, Understanding Workplace Diversity for Managers, Gendered Language and Stereotype Awareness for Hiring Committees, Mentoring Works, What is Engineering?, Why STEM? Information for Parents & Guardians. This briefing prepares you in taking the first - or the next - step in encouraging inclusive STEM communities.