Pew survey sheds new light on glass ceiling discrimination in STEM jobs

A new survey by the Pew Research Center illuminates the ongoing glass ceiling faced by female employees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

The survey results are consistent with an earlier study regarding female scientists about which the Glass Ceiling Discrimination Blog previously posted.

Key findings of the survey

According to the survey’s findings, for women working in STEM jobs, “the workplace is a different, sometimes more hostile environment than the one their male coworkers experience.”  For example, women view discrimination and harassment as happening more often, “and gender is perceived as more of an impediment than an advantage to career success.”

The survey notes that three groups in particular are more likely to perceive workplace discrimination:

  • women employed in STEM settings where men outnumber women,
  • women working in computer jobs (only some of whom work in the technology industry), and
  • women in STEM who hold postgraduate degrees.
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