Savinskaya O. B., Lebedeva N. V. Why women leave STEM: the role of stereotypes // Woman in Russian Society. 2020. No.2 . P.62-75.


After acquiring STEM education women are less likely to go on working in that sphere, occupy leadership positions, and get a PhD compared to men with the same level of education. In this study we considered a stereotypical view “Work in STEM is not for womenˮ. 18 interviews were conducted with women graduated in STEM working and not working in the sphere. According to
the results, stereotypes regarding the women’s place in STEM connected professions role gradually intensified. While at the beginning all of the informants entered STEM based on the support in the secondary school, later on about 2/3 of them gradually abandoned their careers in STEM.
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