Dr Meredith Nash: What is it like to be a woman in STEMM?

Dr Meredith Nash is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia. She is an interdisciplinary researcher in the fields of sociology of gender, health sociology, and human geography. Her work focuses mainly on the gendered body as a way of understanding the relationships between people, place, politics, and culture. Her publication track record includes two sole-authored books, one edited book, five book chapters, and numerous articles in field-leading, peer-reviewed journals. Her research has informed Australian government and health practice and has received international recognition through the global media, quotation, and award.


What is it like to be a woman in STEMM? Gender bias, sexual harassment, and the myth of meritocracy

Meredith Nash is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of Tasmania. She is at the University of Lincoln as a Visiting Scholar at the Eleanor Glanville Centre and the Health Advancement Research Team. Her research examines the depth and enduring character of gender-based inequalities.

Abstract: Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) fields worldwide, particularly in leadership positions. In this presentation, Dr Nash will discuss her findings from a mixed-methods sociological study drawing on the experiences of 25 women in STEMM fields who were all participants in a three-week transformational leadership program in Antarctica in 2016. She will explore the women’s experiences of science leadership, including challenges they face as women in male-dominated fields and what they think needs to change to help women in STEMM advance.​

  • Monday 23rd October 
  • 17:00 pm 
  • Co-Op Lecture Theatre Minerva Building

Meredith’s key publications include Making Postmodern Mothers: Pregnant Embodiment, Baby Bumps, and Body Image (2012, Palgrave); Reframing Reproduction: Conceiving Gendered Experiences (2014, Palgrave) and Reading Lena Dunham’s Girls: Feminism, Postfeminism, Authenticity and Gendered Performance in Contemporary Television (2017, Palgrave).

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