Across the board in the STEM related fields, there is a distinct shortage of females in relation to males. Many have their theories as to why this is, but we can assume stereotypes are to be blamed.
Developed at an early age, stereotypes about women are ingrained in boys and girls alike.
Women make up 50% of the US population and 49% of the workforce, yet only 24% of females work in STEM related positions. Additionally, the percentage of men working in a STEM related field is triple or quadruple the amount of women working in STEM with the same levels of education.
Women are crucial to the future of science and their contributions thus far cannot be understated. The stereotypes currently place need to change, and giving females confidence in science from a young age may be just the answer.
To learn more about women in science, checkout this infographic created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Andrew Deen is a content marketing specialist for the New Jersey Institute of Technology