Girls Better At Math & Science Than Boys — Why Do Few Get STEM Careers?
9:39 am, March 26th | by Amy Tennery
How do we get more women into math and science? It’s one of the more pressing issues (and lingering questions) for women professionals. And while a lot of emphasis is put on getting college women into math and science degree programs, a new report shows that we need to start emphasizing those careers much earlier.
One would hope that STEM careers were accessible to all. But a new infographic shows that gender may play a greater role than we though in who ends up in those jobs.
The report (which you can see below) shows that girls have higher IQs, take more math and science classes and, on average, get better grades. But something happens the longer girls spend in school: They lose confidence in their abilities.
The percentage of girls who “feel confident about themselves” drops from 72 percent in the 6th grade to 55 percent in the 10th grade. Even more staggeringly, when asked to indicate their gender on a test, girls score 20 percent lower. By the time they reach college, dramatically fewer young women pursue math and science degrees.
The end result? Out of 25 engineers, just three will be women.
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