Denise Sekaquaptewa, UM Psychology

Subtle Stereotyping of Women in STEM
Denise Sekaquaptewa


Winter 2018
Lecture Time: 
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Lecture Location: 
R0220 Ross School of Business
Introduced By: 
Tangier Davis


Women who study or work in male-dominated fields such as science can be targeted by or witness to subtle gender stereotyping, including having their contributions and ideas in science be questioned, discounted, or ignored by others. In this talk I present research examining the detrimental effects of simply witnessing the negative treatment of women in science settings among female science majors. Results of laboratory research showed that, compared to a control group, women in science majors who were exposed to this negative treatment of another woman showed patterns of attribution that support gender stereotypes. Engaging in this stereotypic attribution bias predicted a lower sense of belonging in science and diminished intentions to remain in science post-graduation. This research highlights the need to support science settings that are perceived as welcoming to women, in order to retain women in science fields.

Additional Notes

Dr. Denise Sekaquaptewa is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology, University of Michigan. Her research program in experimental social psychology focuses on stereotyping, implicit bias, and the experiences of women and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering. Her research program has been supported by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Sekaquaptewa served as associate editor for the APA journals Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. She received the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award (2015), and the Sarah Goddard Power Award (2012), from the University of Michigan for her work on diversity-related issues.