The conventional wisdom is that women haven’t progressed in careers in STEM due to the pull of children and early choices not to pursue math and science careers (Moss-Racusin, Dovidio, Brescoll, Graham, & Handelsman, 2012). Some studies conclude that the relatively low percentage of women stems from these factors and “is not caused by discrimination” in STEM (Ceci, Williams, & Banett, 2009; Ceci & Williams, 2011; Ceci et al., 2011). Yet three recent studies found that gender bias also plays a role.
Underrepresented minorities' share of Science and Engineering (S&E) bachelor's and master's degrees has been rising since 1993, but their share of doctorates in these fields has flattened at about 7 percent from 2002 to 2012, according to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2015 report.
Girl Day is a movement that shows girls how creative and collaborative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world. With hundreds of events happening each year, together we are driving the conversation about girls and engineering.
As the first African American woman to go into space and a physician, Mae Jemison shares her thoughts on the importance of STEM education with over 1,000 educators and advocates at Forum 2014.
While new statistics project increasing growth in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math — so-called "STEM" subjects — in coming decades, girls and young women appear less academically engaged in those fields than their male counterparts.
ASTRA Celebrated Women in STEM at The National Women's History Museum’s Breaking In: Women & STEM, Then and Now discussion held at The George Washington University November 20th about the excellence of women in STEM fields and their destiny as integral members of the STEM community. ASTRA, as an advocate for increased innovation and nationwide capacity in STEM, believes our global competiveness is strengthened when its female members are empowered.