Women Science Majors: What Makes a Difference in Persistence after Graduation?

TitleWomen Science Majors: What Makes a Difference in Persistence after Graduation?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsRayman, P, Brett, B
JournalJournal of Higher Education
Volume66
Issue4
Pagination388-414
Publication Languageeng
AbstractAfter reviewing past studies looking at how institutions can be successful in encouraging women to enter the sciences, this study focuses on factors that influenced women to stay in the the sciences and mathematics after majoring in these subjects as undergradautes. The researchers drew participants from graduates from a leading women's college. The study found that women who stayed in the sciences where more likely to have strong encouragement and advising from mentors and family, that women in chemistry or computer sciences were more likely to stay in the sciences than other fields, and that the women who graduated later were more likely to stay, perhaps because of the greater array of job opportunities open to them as compared to earlier graduates. The researchers conclude that women will have a much better chance of persisting in the sciences when the appropriate environmental supports are present. Link to detailed abstract.
URLhttp://onlineethics.org/CMS/workplace/workplacediv/abstractsindex/academenv3.aspx
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