3 – Fighting Societal Assumptions Over Gender Roles There are so many stories out there about companies and bosses making assumptions about how committed a woman is to her job. I’ve also heard stories about a lack of interest in hiring someone who’s young and newly married as they may have to “deal with maternity leave.”
4 – Finding Mentorship Even if the mentors are there, women in STEM often don’t feel they have access to them. The reasons for this vary depending on the job, industry, and the people involved. Also, finding female role models in the various STEM fields can be difficult as fewer women are employed.
5 – Lack Of A Community Or Support Network Women in STEM have to fight to be heard and find like-minded folks (or other women) with whom they can connect and rely upon for support. Women tend to be hard on each other because the competition is so stiff that they feel the need to protect their progress & interests.