A new snapshot of women working in science and technology in the US shows deep levels of discrimination against them. It must spark action, says Lara Williams

It seems no matter where you look, claims of gender discrimination at work can be found. Hollywood. The BBC. Google.

The latest addition to a depressing stream of reports of such bias in many walks of life comes in the form of a new survey showing that half of women in STEM jobs in the US (those in science, technology, engineering and mathematics) have faced sexual discrimination at work.

Released today by the respected Pew Research Center, it examined the experiences of employees and their perceptions of fair treatment of women at work. While inequalities were reported across the board, these experiences were more pronounced in jobs where women worked mostly with men.

What stands out is that, when compared with women working in non-STEM fields, those in STEM occupations report a

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