Gender Studies__                                                                                                           Self-view studies
Ashley Figueiredo - Chemistry
Whitney Gaber
Undergraduate Student ~ Radford University
Women can be scientists too:  
A review of role models’
effects on the academic
decisions and possibilities 
of women in male
for the
The Eighth Annual
MARCUS Conference  at  Sweet Briar College
May 5 / 6, 2021

   Presentation Abstract
In this paper we discuss current research and theories on the relationships of role models, possible selves, and gender in order to discover whether the use of role models increases attraction to and/or success in academic fields stereotypical of the opposite gender. Academic areas such as math and science are typically male-dominated; however, does the awareness of role models, specifically female role models, increase a woman’s possible self-views and decisions to participate in an atypical feminine academic filed? Current research suggest this to be an accurate assumption; further research is required in order to determine what causes women to avoid male-dominated fields, and to the imagining of themselves as being successful or proficient in these areas.  
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