The number of women in some academia disciplines like computer science remains low despite the continuous efforts to increase it. What is being done to make academic careers in computer science (and related fields) more appealing to women? Are there any studies on the ways of improving the working conditions for women in academia?
I imagine actual studies will be few and far between - they'd be difficult to conduct, and I suspect the reasons behind many of the outcomes would be near impossible to establish with a degree of certainty. For example, if a woman leaves academia because she got saddled with tons of committee work, student advising and other activities, and is denied tenure, was she just unproductive? Did she get saddled with those duties because she is a woman?
Beyond funding initiatives, which StrongBad discussed a bit, I think there are some very serious "quality of life" considerations that impact the retention of women in academia:
Studies of the nature you are referring to are often published by The National Academies Press. While the print versions must be purchased, NAP provides Electronic Versions in PDF form or online reading for free.
This study, Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering is slightly dated as it was published in 2007, but likely is just as relevant today.
Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty is from 2010 and deals with the differences in career tracks between men and women in the sciences
Seeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of Color in Academia from 2013 explores the specific challenges that women of color face and explores recommendations to promote inclusion in that community.
To Recruit and Advance: Women Students and Faculty from 2006 discuss best practices on how to attract women to STEM roles in academia.
Some of these are a few hundred pages, so there is a substantial amount of material to get you started. I hope that you find these helpful.
NIH and NSF have efforts to encourage women to enter, and stay in, biomedical sciences (NIH) and science and engineering (NSF) careers. I am not sure to what extent these efforts are evidenced based. I am not aware of to what extent the IEEE, DOD, etc. have formalized their "inclusion" efforts.
I like this very much: Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, published by the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
There's the full report and some succinct versions, including a power point presentation. On each slide showing a graph, there are several Do's highlighted on the right with animation. Excellent, very helpful.
My pet peeve, the lack of opportunities for girls to play with three-dimensional construction toys, gets prominent mention.
(The implicit bias questionnaire they linked to was weird!)
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