If you read this blog (or know me) at all, you know I care deeply about getting more women involved in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Recently, a (female) friend from my alma mater Harvey Mudd College sent me a fascinating article entitled Why Are There Still So Few Women In Science? It’s fascinating, in-depth exploration of various studies that have been done as to why girls don’t choose to go into scientific fields at the higher levels. A few of my favorite excerpts are below:
The most powerful determinant of whether a woman goes on in science might be whether anyone encourages her to go on.
The problem is that most girls — and boys — decide they don’t like math and science before those subjects reveal their true beauty, a condition worsened by the unimaginative ways in which science and math are taught.
But beyond strengthening our curriculum, we need to make sure that we stop losing girls at every step as they fall victim to their lack of self-esteem, their misperceptions as to who does or doesn’t go on in science and their inaccurate assessments of their talents.
Fair warning, it’s a long read, but it’s worth it. Bookmark it for when you have a minute, and then drop me a line in the comments to tell me what you thought!