Pandemic risks wiping out hard-won gains by women in STEM


UNSW Dean of Science leads report that finds women's advancement in the STEM workforce are at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UNSW Dean of Science Professor Emma Johnston is the lead author of a research report which has found that hard won gains for women's advancement in the STEM workforce are now at risk of a major setback due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even before the pandemic hit, women were under-represented in STEM. Early evidence from during the shutdown suggests women in the STEM sector have suffered even greater job losses than men.

The report also points to women carrying a greater share of responsibilities for caring and distance learning duties during isolation.

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