Gender Gap Literature

Below are links to articles related to the gender gap that Jayhawks Breaking Barriers hopes to address. This is a working list that our leadership has compiled in order to inform you and others of the issues that exist in STEM fields related to the gender gap.



  • Malinda Gates working to increase women in STEM, her strategies, and also her experiences when she started as the only woman at Microsoft. She considered quitting, but instead worked to make the environment a great place to work, and it became one of the most sought after departments. Read the article from the Seattle Times here.
  • A new study has found that a pay gap still exists in higher education administration. Read the article from Inside Higher Ed here.
  • This article and the several it links to, discuss the nuances of the gender gap in academia. Read the article from U.S. News here.
  • A new study has determined that men of color are less likely to re-submit an NIH proposal after the first rejection. The threat of stereotypes could be an issue. Work to educate that rejection is par for the course. Read the article from KU News here.
  • Could we educate professors about avoiding gender bias in their letters or recommendation? Check out this flyer from the University of Arizona's Commission on the Status of Women.
  • Why women leave academia and why universities should be worried. Read the article from the Guardian here.
  • Letters of recommendation in science and implicit gender bias. Read the article from Science Magazine here.
  • Another article on gender differences in recommendation letters. Read the article from Nature Geoscience here.
  • Sexual harassment in science. Read the article from CNN here.
  • Impact of mentoring undergraduates in the sciences. Read the article from CBE Life Sciences Education here.
  • New study finds that men are their favorite experts on any given subject. Read the article from The Washington Post here.
  • The question of why female undergraduates leave STEM fields may have to do with their male undergraduate peers consistently underestimating them, even when they are performing at a higher level than their male peers. Read the article from PLOS here
  • Studies have found that there are three main factors contributing to women being more represented in some STEM fields than others. Read an article from the University of Washington here and from Futurity here.
  • KC celebrates women in STEMM during STEMMy Awards. Read about the event in the Kansas City Business Journal here.
  • How having a feminine appearance can affect how you are perceived as a scientist. Read the article from Research Gate here.


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