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Collectively Crafting the Rhythms of Our Work and Lives in STEM

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Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) disciplines face a gender gap that has been exacerbated during COVID-19.

Drawing on research carried out by the Women in Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network, this essential book sets out the extent to which women working in STEM face inequality and discrimination. The authors use approaches more commonly associated with social sciences, such as creative and reflective research methods, to shed light on the human experiences lying behind scientific research. They share fictional vignettes drawn from research findings to illustrate the challenges faced by women working in science today. Additionally, they show how this approach helps make sense of difficult personal experiences and to create a culture of change.

Offering a path forward to inclusivity and diversity, this book is crucial reading for anyone working in STEM.

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Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. This book is about the experiences of students in institutions of higher education from ‘non-traditional’ backgrounds. The expansion of Higher Education world-wide shows no signs of slowing down and there is already a large literature on who has access to higher education and to qualifications that offer higher life-time incomes and status. However to date there has been minimal focus on what happens to the students once they are in the institutions and the inequalities that they face. This book aims to fill this gap in the literature.

The chapters demonstrate that the students and their families are finding ways of acquiring forms of capital that encourage and sustain their participation in higher education. Contributions from the UK, the USA and Australia reveal that the issues surrounding the inclusion of ‘non-traditional’ students are broadly similar in different countries. It should be read by all those leading, managing, or teaching in, institutions of higher education and all students or intending students whatever their background.

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Perspectives from the Nordic Region

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The #MeToo movement sparked many debates and increased the demand for more problematized perspectives on the issue of sexual harassment.

This book opens for new understandings of sexual harassment by bringing researchers, writers, and policymakers in the Nordic region into dialogue in an ambitious volume. It asks what role juridical frameworks can and should play in prevention and raises questions about how the image of Nordic states – as gender equal, colour blind and with strong welfare – affects the work against sexual harassment in the region.

Re-imagining definitions of justice, violence, exploitation and work, this book offers knowledge of immediate importance for everyone working to prevent sexual harassment, through research, policy making, or in everyday practice.

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Living the Contradiction

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The Nordic countries are regarded as frontrunners in promoting equality, yet women’s experiences on the ground are in many ways at odds with this rhetoric.

Putting the spotlight on the lived experiences of women working in tech-driven research and innovation areas in the Nordic countries, this volume explores why, despite numerous programmes, women continue to constitute a minority in these sectors.

The contributors flesh out the differences and similarities across different Nordic countries and explore how the shifts in labour market conditions have impacted on women in Research and Innovation.

This is an invaluable contribution to global debates around the mechanisms that maintain gendered structures in Research and Innovation, from academia to biotechnology and IT.

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State of the Nation

Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. 50 years after the establishment of the Runnymede Trust and the Race Relations Act of 1968 which sought to end discrimination in public life, this accessible book provides commentary by some of the UK’s foremost scholars of race and ethnicity on data relating to a wide range of sectors of society, including employment, health, education, criminal justice, housing and representation in the arts and media.

It explores what progress has been made, identifies those areas where inequalities remain stubbornly resistant to change, and asks how our thinking around race and ethnicity has changed in an era of Islamophobia, Brexit and an increasingly diverse population.

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Leading Irish academics and policy practitioners present a current and comprehensive study of policy analysis in Ireland.

Contributors examine policy analysis at different levels of government and governance including international, national and local and in the civil service, as well as non-government actors such as NGOs, interest groups and think tanks. They investigate the influential roles of the European Union, the public, science, quantitative evidence, the media and gender expertise in policy analysis.

Surveying the history and evolution of public policy analysis in Ireland, this authoritative text addresses the current state of the discipline, identifies post-crisis developments and considers future challenges for policy analysis.

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education Barriers to women students’ participation in STEM Despite several decades of research devoted to increasing women’s participation in STEM fields, sizeable gaps between the sexes remain. Statistics obtained from the National Science Foundation (NSF) paint an alarming portrait of a leaky pipeline for women in STEM. While 51% of all bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering are earned by women, they comprise only 45% of master’s degrees and 39% of doctorates in STEM fields. In contrast, women earn 61% of bachelor’s degrees, 63% of master’s degrees and 58

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the men around them. Women and feminism have done much to challenge this culture, but at the time of writing the patriarchy and male violence towards women remain a pervading and pervasive truth which impacts how women live their lives. Women in STEM, women in science, and women in chemistry are still women. When we talk about numbers of women in scientific disciplines, when we talk about neoliberal cultures of overwork and hyperproductivity, when we talk about isolation and the loneliness of women working within environments that are dominated by men, we cannot

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achieved through witty and geeky science humour as exemplified by @NathanLents: Even as a biologist, #FatBearWeek was just not what I was expecting it to be. #LGBTQinSTEM Figure Sp7.1: Word cloud showing the frequency of hashtags in the LGBTQ and STEM dataset A word cloud with prominent components being Queer in stem, LGBTQ in stem, LGBTQ stem, LGBT in stem, LGBT stem, women in stem. Such testimonials can also document the fellowship that an online support network can provide as shown by Em Haydon (@emhaydon): Look at all those lovely friendly faces

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those who could do better. We reported on data from our first survey of the community (see Chapter Five ). In addition, we wrote about our approach of embedding EDI expertise within scientific research, and utilising social science methods – predominantly qualitative research methods, in order to do this. In order to write this book, we incorporate literature on women in STEM and academic identity, together with data from WISC’s qualitative research projects, some of which were open to participants from all genders within the supramolecular chemistry community

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