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Women in STEM
Start Date: 3/8/2018Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 3/8/2018End Time: 8:00 PM
Event Description:

The Center for International Human Rights

Women in STEM 

Women’s economic advancement has long been a central topic in the feminist agenda. Arguments for equal pay, equal representation in traditionally male-dominated fields, and equal access to financial resources have been made for years, yet gaps in each of these indicators still exist today. One key sector that has long manifested these gender disparities is the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) collection of disciplines. In 2015, women made up 47% of all U.S. workers, but held only 24% of STEM jobs. Among this 24%, Black and Hispanic women are most severely underrepresented. While nearly as many women hold undergraduate degrees as men, only about 30% of STEM degrees go to women. The women who do have STEM degrees are also less likely than men to go into STEM fields, more often choosing to work in education or healthcare. Women’s underrepresentation in STEM disciplines has been an issue for decades, yet significant growth in women’s share of these fields seems to have diminished in recent years. This development (or, rather, lack thereof) necessitates a critical reevaluation of the causal factors involved. During this year’s Women’s Day event, the Center for International Human Rights will host a panel discussion that aims to explore the following focal issues and questions:

  • Why is progress lagging in STEM fields?
  • How can we reignite meaningful and sustainable female-led growth in STEM fields today?
  • What role do traditional gender norms play in girls’ formative education, and what impact does this have on STEM participation later in life?
  • How can we target minority-led growth in women’s STEM careers?
  • What are the responsibilities of educational institutions in addressing this challenge?



- Florence Hudson: Special Advisor for the Next Generation Internet, the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub
- Gabriella Sanguineti, Research and Outreach Coordinator of PRISM, John Jay College
- Kelly O’Donnell: Director of Science Forward, Macaulay Honors College
- Susanne Cappendijk: Founder and President  of EDsnaps
- Jin Kim Montclare: Associate Professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, NYU
- One more speaker TBA


- Edgardo Sanabria-Valentin: Associate Program Director of PRISM, John Jay College

The panel discussion is scheduled for March 8th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and includes a reception. It will be held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Moot Court, Room 6.68 of the New Building.

The event is sponsored by the BA in International Criminal Justice, the Minor in Human Rights Studies, Students without Borders, the United Nations Student Association, and the International Students Association.


Location Information:
New Building - New Building
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY
Room: Moot Court Room, 6.68
Women in STEM

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