Latinas in Science 7/13/17

This is disturbing.

It’s from an article in Mashable titled “Unprecedented study reveals widespread bias in space science, and it’s particularly terrible for women of color”:

“For years, women in astronomy and planetary science have whispered their stories of gendered and racial harassment at the hands of colleagues and students, painting an anecdotal picture of a field that is hostile toward women, particularly women of color.

“Even in the wake of highly publicized incidents of discrimination in these fields, the extent of harassment has been unquantified.”

Until now.

6.9 – The percentage of Latinas in the U.S. science and engineering workforce.

3.2 – The percentage of Latinas in the U.S. science and engineering workforce in 1993.

9.4 – The percentage of Latinas among the women in the U.S. with the highest science and engineering degrees.

3.6 – The percentage of Latinas among the women in the U.S. with the highest science and engineering degrees in 1993.

40 – The percentage of women of color in the science and engineering workforce who reported feeling unsafe in the workplace as a result of their gender or sex.

28 – The percentage of women of color in the science and engineering workforce who reported feeling unsafe in the workplace as a result of their race.

39 – The percentage of astronomers and planetary scientists who reported that they have been verbally harassedin their current jobs.

9 – The percentage of astronomers and planetary scientists who reported that they have been physically harassed in their current jobs.

67 – The percentage of scientists surveyed who identified as female.

18 – The percentage of women of color in the science and engineering workforce who say they didn’t go to conferences, meetings, or other professional events because “they did not feel safe attending.”

Source: Journal of Geophysical Research

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