We know there has been a decline of women getting jobs in the STEM industry and now we have a helpful graphic to show us from Engineering Degree. This study shows that young girls start off performing much better than their male peers early on but their scores start to decline in adolescence mostly because they think it not very feminine to like science. They then start to lose confidence in their abilities. And even if they major in a STEM field in college there is a profound drop-off rate that occurs with women in these fields. “In a room of 25 engineers only 3 will be women,” according to the graphic.
A survey by the Bayer Corporation came out today showing that American women entering college are the best prepared academically to hit the books and successfully graduate with a STEM degree (82%), according to a survey of faculty from the nation’s top 200 research universities who chair STEM departments. However, many of these women don’t end up graduating with these degrees. The chairs say being discouraged from a STEM career is still an issue today for both female and underrepresented minority (URM) STEM undergraduate students (59%) and that traditional rigorous introductory instructional approaches that “weed out” students early on from STEM studies are generally harmful and more so to URM (56%) and female (27%) students compared to majority students (i.e. Caucasian and Asian males). Check out the graphic for more staggering information about the women in science disparity.