International Society for Quantitative History

QH Webinar Series

Home Economics and Women’s gateway to science

10:00 | Thursday, December 16, 2021

Zoom Webinar

English

Yiling Zhao

Yiling Zhao

Assistant Professor, Peking University School of Economics

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Women are underrepresented in STEM, but they have fair representations in biological sciences. Yiling Zhao of Peking University School of Economics and her co-author propose that women entered biological sciences because they were exposed to these subjects in large numbers through collegiate home economics in the early twentieth century. Home economics was developed in the context of the prevailing germ theory and was designed as a feminine parallel to agriculture studies at land-grant universities. The unique historical circumstances and institutional setup tied home economic curricula closely to biological sciences. Using college-level data from the Commissioners of Education reports, they establish a causal relationship between home economics and women’s enrollment in science majors in the cross-section. They further compiled a panel of student enrollment by majors from 1910-1940 with data collected from various college yearbooks.

In this Quantitative History Webinar, Yiling Zhao will explain the DID framework, through which they show that the presence of home economics led to a higher proportion of women choosing a major in science.

Yiling's co-author: Mike Andrews (University of Maryland Baltimore County and National Bureau of Economic Research)

Live on Zoom on December 16, 2021
10:00 Hong Kong/Beijing/Singapore
11:00 Tokyo | 13:00 Sydney
Previous Day 18:00 Los Angeles | 21:00 New York

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Zoom Webinar

Yiling Zhao

English

The Quantitative History Webinar Series aims to provide researchers, teachers, and students with an online intellectual platform to keep up to date with the latest research in the field, promoting the dissemination of research findings and interdisciplinary use of quantitative methods in historical research. The Series, now in its third year, is co-organized by the International Society for Quantitative History, HKU Business School, and Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. 量化歷史網上講座系列由香港大學陳志武和馬馳騁教授聯合發起,旨在介紹前沿量化歷史研究成果、促進同仁交流,推廣量化方法在歷史研究中的應用。本系列講座由國際量化歷史學會、香港大學經管學院和香港人文社會研究所全力支持和承辦。

Conveners: Professor Zhiwu Chen & Dr. Chicheng Ma (HKU Business School)

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