Factors that contribute to the underrepresentation of women in science careers worldwide: a literature review

Beatrice Avolio, Jessica Chávez, Carlos Vílchez-Román

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The paper analyses the literature related to the underrepresentation of women in the scientific field to identify the factors that affect this underrepresentation worldwide. This literature review covers 470 papers—published in journals with the highest impact factor from 1985 to 2018—that address the factors that influence the access, participation, and progress of women in scientific careers. This literature review was based on the complete readings of the papers using thematic analysis. The factors that influence women’s access, participation and progress in careers related to science and technology are a complex problem with multiple interdependent factors. In addition, these vary according to the stages of women’s lives and cultural contexts. This paper proposes, based on the literature review, a comprehensive framework to explain the factors that influence the access, participation, and progress of women in science careers. The factors are grouped as follows: (a) individual, (b) family, (c) social, (d) educational, and (e) labor-economic. The proposed research is useful for researchers and policy makers because it introduces this phenomenon schematically and orderly identifies the gaps in past research studies, and evidences the need to conduct further research on this topic.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)773-794
Número de páginas22
PublicaciónSocial Psychology of Education
Volumen23
N.º3
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 1 jul 2020
Publicado de forma externa

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