STEMtistics - Women & Girls

STEMtistics - Women & Girls

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The STEM workforce gender gap is not yet declining

women see no improvement since 2001

Women in Computing Shift to Bachelor's & Above

women in computing shift to bachelors and above

Women & Computing Credentials

female computer science degrees below bachelors plummet

No Girls Allowed?

girls attitudes about math

Gender stereotypes take root early. According to a study in the journal Child Development, girls' and boys' attitudes about math begin to diverge as early as second grade. The researchers studied 247 children in Seattle-area grade schools: "Boys associated math with their own gender while girls associated math with boys. In the self-concept test, boys identified themselves with math more than girls did."

Source: Cvencek, D., Meltzoff, A. N. and Greenwald, A. G. (2011), "Math–Gender Stereotypes in Elementary School Children." Child Development, 82: 766–779.

STEM Professor Gender Gap

STEM professor gender gap
Source: U.S. News & World Report, Gender and Kids Matter in STEM Academia-But Not Just for Women, March 2014.

Women & Computing Degrees

female male cs degrees

Girls Less Interested in Math

girls less interested in math

Fifty percent of male high school graduates said math was one of their favorite subjects, compared to just 43 percent of female high school graduates. 

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, 2015.

Girls Take Tougher Courses

girls take tougher courses

Girls are more likely than boys to earn credits in Alegrebra II, precalculus, advanced biology, chemistry, and health science. 

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, 2015.

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