Barbie to the rescue!
In addition to the federal government wasting $500 million trying to convince girls to become engineers, a new engineering Barbie doll will now try to convince girls. Neither will work.
My brilliant co-author Julie Coates has discovered evidence that clearly indicates that the more developed and democratic a society, the more women go into female preferred professions. So when East Germany was poor and Communist, some 50% of engineers were women. When East Germany united with West Germany, the percentage fell to match West Germany, England, and U.S., roughly 18%-28% of engineers being female. Coates found many other country numbers to verify the evidence.
Promote STEM all you want for girls. Enroll all the women you want in STEM degrees. At the end of the day, 75% of STEM female graduates go into teaching, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Even Barbie can't stop it.
LESSON: Every girl who wants to be engineer should. But so should every boy. Stop pushing smart boys out of college and graduate smart boys so we can solve the STEM crisis in society.