There are too few women in STEM fields. We’ve known that for a long time, but we don’t really know why that is. This week, Alex and special guest host Indre Viskontas from the podcast Inquiring Minds talk to social demographer Sharon Sassler and serial entrepreneur Elissa Shevinsky about STEM’s “leaky pipeline.”


  • Sharon Sassler, Jennifer Glass, Yael Levitte, and Katherine M. Michelmore. “The missing women in STEM? Assessing gender differentials in the factors associated with transition to first jobs.” Social Science Research 63 (2017): 192-208.
  • Elissa Shevinsky (Ed.), Lean Out: The Struggle for Gender Equality in Tech and Start-Up Culture (OR Books, 2015).

This episode was co-produced with Indre Viskontas of the podcast Inquiring Minds and made possible with funding from Westcoast Women in Engineering Science and Technology.

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