Why are women underrepresented in physics departments?

  • SDG4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • SDG5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Hiromi M. Yokoyama
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe
We estimate that only a few percent of high school girls take advanced physics classes in Japan. Girls’ parents worry about their daughter’s marriage prospects if she hopes to pursue physics at university. Is there a strong conservative social norm acting to keep women out of this and other STEM fields? We are gathering data and evidence to achieve our goal of removing any social barriers to girls’ STEM participation.
Physics and Girl project 1
Physics and Girl project 2

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Research collaborators

- 名古屋大学
- 政策大学院大学
- 滋賀大学


  • Hiromi M. Yokoyama
  • Email: Hiromi.yokoyama[at]ipmu.jp
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