Why Young Women Don’t Go Into STEM Explained
Julie Coates reported on her own original research explaining why women do not go into or stay in STEM professions. Some 75% of women drop out of STEM professions, according to research reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education, as compared to only 25% of males.
Coates said that women in more economically prosperous and democratic nations such as the U.S. go into STEM less than in less developed and less democratic societies. Having the choice, women tend to favor professions where they perceive they can make a direct difference in people’s lives, she noted. She also reported an ASQ survey just out noting that women tend to take fewer risks than men, with risk taking more essential in STEM professions.
Coates said that intervention programs such as STEM camps for girls and other programs, on which hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent, have no impact on young women’s choices.
Coates said schools and colleges should adhere to Title IX and stop giving males worse grades than females. This gender bias keeps out 2 million smart males a year from college, causing the STEM crisis.
Julie speaking at the seminar.