Inequality Stories In STEM

Women and minorities face extra challenges when working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).  Our goal is to understand these challenges by collecting anecdotes from people in STEM that illustrate the real-life roadblocks women and minorities face.

Please submit your anonymous anecdote(s) of events or behaviors you have experienced--no matter how big or small--that made you feel underestimated, underappreciated, or unfairly treated compared to your peers. Please also submit positive anecdotes of what you or others did that made a positive impact for women and minorities in STEM.

These anecdotes are being collected to identify common problems and potential solutions. Results will be posted here as well as used in discussion groups on inequality in STEM and disseminated more broadly to the STEM community through letters to journal editors and funding agencies.

Our goal is to provide a safe place for people to anonymously 'vent' about their experiences and for people to learn they are not alone. Our hope is these real-life stories will make others understand the experience of women and minorities in STEM and inspire positive change.

"...Although I do similar quality work as my male counterparts, they are given the benefit of the doubt and problems are overlooked. However, my work is heavily scrutinized and people only focus on potential problems. My cup is seen as 'half empty' when my colleagues' cups are viewed as 'half full'..."