EPDF and EPUB available Open Access under CC-BY-NC-ND licence. 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.
“While capturing stories, building a community and identifying a toolkit for career success, this book provides valuable insights into women scientists’ experiences navigating life inside and outside the laboratory during COVID-19.” Sue V. Rosser, San Francisco State University and Georgia Institute of Technology
"A stark spotlight on the experience of women in science. For some an insightful, resonating read; for others a challenging, surprising wake-up call for real change." Jonathan W. Steed, Durham University
Jennifer Leigh is Senior Lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice at the University of Kent.
Jennifer Hiscock is Reader in Supramolecular Chemistry and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the University of Kent.
Cally Haynes is Lecturer in Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology at University College London.
Anna McConnell is Junior Professor in the Otto Diels Institute of Organic Chemistry at the Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel.
Emily Draper is Lecturer in Chemistry and UKRI Future Leader Fellow at the University of Glasgow.
Marion Kieffer was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Bristol, and is now Senior Scientist at InnoMedica.
Kristin Hutchins is Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Texas Tech University.
Davita Watkins is Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Mississippi.
Claudia Caltagirone is Associate Professor in Chemical Sciences at the University of Cagliari.
Anna Slater is Royal Society University Research Fellow in Chemistry at the University of Liverpool.
Larissa K. S. von Krbek is an Emmy Noether junior research group leader at the Kekulé-Institute for Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Bonn.
Nathalie Busschaert is Assistant Professor at Tulane University.
2. A Qualitative Approach: Autoethnography and Embodiment
3. Building Academic Identity in the Context of STEM
4. Challenges for Women and Marginalised Groups
5. WISC: Women In Supramolecular Chemistry
6. Stories from STEM
7. For the Future