Global “Knowledge Divide” Putting Women at Disadvantage, Researchers Say at AAAS Annual Meeting
Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Despite gains over the past decade, women globally lag behind men in Internet usage, the science and engineering workforce, and leadership positions, reflecting a troubling divide in the emerging knowledge economy, according to research presented at the AAAS Annual Meeting.
The preliminary findings, outlined at a networking event for minority and women scientists and engineers, show that while Internet usage is rising generally, women use it less than men in all of the countries and regions studied. And women are far outnumbered by men in the science and engineering workforce and the Internet technology workforce, and in leadership positions in business, government, and science academies.