The paradox is real in STEM: In patriarchal countries like, women are ~40% of STEM grad classes, whereas in the Nordic countries, women are ~10% of STEM classes. I've posted a comment asking for people to explain it further. I don't know if it's true outside of STEM.
In patriarchal countries like russia and other shitholes STEM are a worthless unfunded waste of fucking time with equipment older than the demented old profs, no money and prestige involved, except government-related shit which, surprise, has mostly male staff.
In patriarchal countries like emirates and other rich ones most researchers aren't from the local, actually small, employee pool, they are migrant/temp emloyees from everywhere else, and those live in their own world.
Nordic countries aren't in fact fucking close to feminist heavens. Most people aren't critical of STEM or Glorious North and can't fucking see it.
In India at least I've seen with my own eyes that it's true. Indian parents are crazy for STEM.
Nice to get a confirmation. Russia part is based on russia, emirates part - on stories I've heard from post-ussr postdocs who went there. One was a blue-haired rainbow-tatooed lesbian and in her lab like nobody was a local and they mostly didn't interact with locals.
Also, mega-patriarchal japan does have about 15% and declining women in stem, again, their science pays, but they don't import brains a lot, so doods get to gate-keep.
Russian parents too, at least pre-zoomer ones. Because stem was a legit social lift back in ussr.