Many of the characters that have been deemed less worthy of screen time are women who are working and succeeding in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics.
Media Depictions of Women in STEM Series
In the US, the Former Obama Administration's White House Council on Women and Girls and The Office of Science and Technology Policy released a fact sheet dealing with current problems relating to STEM depiction in the media, as well as strategies for solving them. Unfortunately, many of the characters that have been deemed less worthy of screen time are women who are working and succeeding in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. The former administration sought to tackle this problem as a means to encourage future and current women and girls in STEM. This ongoing issue, and the former Adminstration's commitment to combatting this trend, inspired us here at WWEST to examine how fictional women in STEM are depicted in films and on television. Read on to see our takes below and view the White House fact sheet here.
How is the media doing 2 years after we first wrote about the representation of women? Spoiler alert: Not a lot better.
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