Thursday, February 1, 2024

VISITOR: Are there more males in STEM fields?

DYSCALCULIA.ORG: an article by Intern, Annie Shan

The Gender Gap in STEM: a Statistical Overview

Countless studies have debunked the notion of gender-based intelligence differences in mathematics, showing that girls are just as good as boys. Yet, the current state of affairs remains unsatisfactory, with a significant gender disparity prevailing throughout girls' STEM education and careers. The shocking statistics are hard to ignore:

  • In 2021, women comprise only 28% of the science and engineering workforce

  • In 2020, only 25% of bachelor’s degrees in math, computer science, and engineering were earned by women

  • Women are 1.5 times more likely than men to leave the STEM pipeline after taking Calculus I.

  • Every year, girls score around 20 points lower on SAT math than boys

  • Middle school boys are over twice as likely as girls to expect a future career in STEM, and high school boys are almost 4 times as likely.

Gender Stereotyping as the Root Cause of Gender Divide in Math-Heavy Fields