How to get STEM women numbers up
Starting from a young age, you should let girls know they can do the same things as boys and that it’s not abnormal to do so. Being involved in STEM is not a boy thing. There are lots of girls who aren't interested in dolls and pink dresses. We as parents should encourage our female children to do what they want to do career wise. College is a great place where girls can explore different careers. What makes them not take interest? For me that was math, I’ve always struggled but that didn’t stop me from working on all systems in the top transportation/logistics company in the world, with no college degree.
In STEM occupations women are are lacking in numbers, in the UK the STEM industry contains only 14.4% of women. That's very low.
One of the main reasons for this is that fewer girls than boys study STEM subjects in higher classes and in college too. Although the number of girls in STEM subjects is growing, the gap between them and boys is still very glaring.
Are girls biologically worse than boys at Stem subjects at school
Studies show that girls and boys are on average much more similar than they are different across a range of skills several studies. Several studies taken indicated that girls outperformed boys overall in primary school, there was no difference in secondary school and there was only a very slight and inconsistent male advantage for complex problem solving.
So the problem doesn't seem to be biological. Even on countries where women tend to have the same rights as men, the amount of women in STEM careers seems low too.What’s more, the countries that produce the most female college graduates in fields like science, engineering, or math were also some of the least gender-equal countries.
So it isn't a sexist problem, but girls still seem to be succumbing to the stereotype that girls aren’t as capable in these subjects.
They posit that this is because the countries that empower women also empower them, indirectly, to pick whatever career they’d enjoy most and be best at.
Where do gender stereotypes come from
This is a complicated question, and the answer is: lots of places. Even young children can absorb and be influenced by gender stereotypes, and these can be as detrimental for boys as they are for girls but in different ways.
Studies also when female children grow pass a certain age, they start to feel that they are not smart enough for certain tasks, despite there being no reason fore them to think that. These findings suggest gendered notions of intelligence are picked up very early and start having an effect on the sorts of interests that girls pursue.
There are some things we can do to increase the number of women in STEM
Understanding The Problem: The first thing that needs to be done is to understand the problem. The source of the problem needs to be identified also. One source is inside the class room. Studies indicate that even when applying for campus lab jobs, more boys are chosen than girls, even when they have the same credentials .So awareness is the first step in this fight.The first steps toward positive changes is an awareness of the problem and our contributing role to the existence of the problem.
Representation Matters: We've all heard of Albert Einstein and Issac Newton but how many people have heard of Marie Curie and Gertrude B. Elion. You see even when women do profound work they still aren't recognized and highlighted. If women can be talked about more often, girls of different backgrounds will aspire to be like them. Also women should be given more positions of power and authority especially as board members.
Mentorship Matters. If more successful women in the STEM field can come out to encourage girls to follow their path, it would go a long way. They can show others that though for now the STEM industry is dominated by men, women still make it in this industry and with time, male dominance will reduce. Employee Resource Groups that provide support and direction for women already in the field can be an effective tool to help retain women. Also, organizations should provide mentoring opportunities for female STEM employees to connect with other successful women in their organization and industry.
It’s about letting women know what is possible for them, that they too can obtain a career that once seemed so far away from attainable. Those of us already in the field can get involved in organizations and reach back by sharing our experiences for help and giving insight on the lucrative financially and satisfying career.
Even though the industry is male dominated, change will come as more women take an interest in and step into tech, with boldness.