Science for All? The Intersection of Gender, Race and Science

By Sandra L. Hanson.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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This paper examines the question of who will do science from a sociological perspective that stresses the intersection between gender, race/ethnicity, and science. Research and data from a variety of sources are used to examine these intersections. Findings show that although there has been progress, many areas of science achievement, degrees, and occupations continue to show gender and race/ethnic gaps in the U.S. and elsewhere. Details on science access for women, African Americans, and Latinos are provided. Findings also reveal the importance of considering the overlap between gender and race/ethnicity. Examples of the unique situation of African American women in science are considered. Sources of continued inequity in access to science and the implications of this inequity for science are discussed along with recommendations for changes in science education and programs.

Keywords: Gender, Race, Science Education

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.113-136. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.369MB).

Dr. Sandra L. Hanson

Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA