Mentorship and Representation

In the past 50 years, the number of women in science has changed dramatically. “In 1970, women made up 38% of all U.S. workers and 8% of STEM workers. By 2019, the STEM proportion had increased to 27% and women made up 48% of all workers” (Census Data). Some reasons for this shift have been the increase in parental influence during childhood and having more role models, especially female ones throughout their careers. This has led to easier access to higher education and career opportunities within STEM. While this change has been profound, there is still a long way to go for an equal representation of women in STEM fields. 

In the Mentorship and Representation section of the Women In STEM exhibit, we explore the experiences of Kirtly Parker Jones, MD; Cynthia Burrows, Ph.D.; Lisa Diamond, Ph.D.; and Amy Sibul, M.S., within their fields in regards to their parental influencesrole models, and impacts improving the representation of women in STEM.

On each respective page of the Mentorship and Representation section, we aim to comprehensively share the experiences of each of our four interview subjects while connecting their first-person accounts to pertinent, generalized studies portraying the effects of mentorship upon the experiences of women in STEM.

To see the biographies for each of the women and the full length interviews conducted with them, please visit the Welcome Page.

Page researched and written by Jacqueline Cockrell, Shaistah Din, Cullen O'Brien, and Jack Temme.

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