The research is finally coming: The National Science Foundation is going to study the subtle little ways in which an environment with a ton of dudes might not be such a comfortable one for women. Yes, someone is looking into microaggressions, reports the Washington Free Beacon.
This will be a three-year project by the University of Michigan; researchers will videotape male engineering students while they interact with women in labs. The grant for the study notes why engineering was the chosen profession — brilliant female engineers are very much over the “subtle” but aggressive presence of the patriarchy within their field:
Because engineering is cast as a masculine field, women engineering students can experience subtle yet pervasive stereotypic messages in their learning environments that can negatively influence their experiences … “Such microaggressions may cause the climate of the team to become less welcoming to women,” the researchers warn. “The proposed research unites two areas of strong research interest (social science research on gender stereotypes and engineering education on teamwork and climate) to advance understanding of women’s underrepresentation in engineering as compared to men.
I’m excited to finally get a better understanding of why men talk over me in meetings.