GS3 Speakers

Prof Toni Schmader

Toni Schmader, Gender Summit post speakers

Canada Research Chair in Social Psychology, Professor at University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada.

Toni Schmader is a Canada Research Chair in Social Psychology and Professor at UBC. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1999. She spent 10 years on the faculty at the University of Arizona and has held a visiting position at Harvard University. Her research has examined how stereotypes undermine the interest and success of women in science, technology, engineering, and math. In addition, her research examines the interplay between self and social identity, particularly when one's social identity is accorded lower status or is targeted by negative stereotypes. In exploring these issues, her research draws upon and extends existing work on social stigma, social justice, social cognition, intergroup emotion, self-esteem, and motivation and performance. 

Professor Schmader spoke about how despite the dismantling of institutionalized barriers to women's advancement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), gender disparities remain at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013. What is often unacknowledged is the way that environments themselves cue cultural stereotypes that constrain women's interpersonal experiences in the workplace and their engagement with their work.