In an era when women are increasingly prominent in fields related to medicine, law, fashion, cinema, and business, Why are there so few women scientists and engineers? Although the number of women in science and engineering is growing, still yet men continue to dominate the sector. Especially at the upper levels of these professions.
In elementary, middle, and high school, girls and boys take math and science courses are almost equal numbers. Many girls leave high school prepared to pursue science and engineering majors in college. Yet fewer women than men actually pursue these majors. Among first-year college students, women are much less compared to men to say that they intend to major in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). By the completion of graduation, men outnumber women in nearly every science and engineering fields.
Some fields like physics, engineering, and computer science, the difference in number are dramatic. Results show that women getting through tech faculty is only 20 percent in bachelor’s degrees. Women’s representation in science and engineering declines further at the graduate level and diminishes greatly in the workplace.
Achievements and Interest of girls in science and technology are shaped by the Environment around them. I would like to elaborate on the effects of societal beliefs and the learning environment on girls’achievements and interest in science and math. One of my experience as a tech student says that when teachers and parents tell girls that their intelligence can expand with experience and learning. Girls do better on computing tests and are more likely to say they want to continue to motivate them in tech careers in the future. They continue believing in the potential for intellectual growth, which improves outcomes. This is true for all students regardless of their gender. But it is particularly helpful for girls in Technology, where negative stereotypes persist about their abilities. By creating a “growth mindset” environment, teachers and parents can encourage girls’ achievement and interest in technology.
The bias, often unconscious, limits Women Progressing in the Scientific and Engineering Fields. Most people associate science and math fields with the male thing and humanities and arts fields with the female. According to my experience, the implicit bias is common, even among individuals who actively reject these stereotypes. This bias not only affects individuals’ attitudes towards others but may also influence girls’ and women’s likelihood of cultivating their own interest in tech fields. It’s time to free the tech sector with gender biases. The change starts from you. Set an example, motivate another woman, create an opportunity for them and fasten your seat belt you have a long way to go.