Women in STEM: The pendulum hasn’t swung nearly far enough

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'Some men apparently feel discriminated against by science, technology, engineering and math programs that seek to boost participation by women in those fields, and they have turned to legal challenges to try to dismantle such efforts. The U.S. Department of Education is leading more than two dozen investigations into such complaints, which could threaten scholarships, workshops and camps for girls and women.

Maybe the men behind these complaints need a little refresher about why these programs were created in the first place — and why they are still needed. The gender gap in these professions is still a very real and vexing problem, and until more progress is made anything to achieve more balance should be strongly encouraged and supported, not attacked and protested.
Women have earned 57% of all bachelor’s degrees and half of all science and engineering degrees since the 1990s, but they tend to lean more toward life sciences, according to the National Science Foundation. Women earned more than half of undergraduate biological science degrees in 2015, but just 18% of degrees in computer sciences, 20% in engineering 39% in physical sciences and 43% in mathematics. Representation of women of color is even lower.'

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