Women in STEM and gendered challenges

Sept. 29, 2020 | Duration: 1 hr. 4 mins.

Women in STEM face myriad challenges that can prevent them from succeeding in academic research careers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, women have been disproportionately burdened with childcare, elder caregiving and other domestic responsibilities. Early reports indicate that domestic and emotional labor disparities are affecting women scientists’ productivity, which is likely to have long-term effects on their careers. Join Suzanne Barbour, dean of the University of North Carolina Graduate School, and Martha Cyert of Stanford University as they talk about policy changes that could ensure gender equity in the sciences.


Suzanne Barbour

Suzanne Barbour
Dean of the University of North Carolina Graduate School and professor of biochemistry and biophysics

Martha Cyert

Martha Cyert
Dr. Nancy Chang professor and chair of the department of biology, Stanford University

Who should watch

  • Women at all career stages in STEM
  • Heads of departments and labs
  • All who are interested in policy related to gender equity

Learning objectives

  • Compare experiences of women in STEM during the pandemic
  • Identify challenges women face working from home
  • Evaluate potential policy solutions that would support women in STEM