Women Achieve Gains In STEM Fields

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'Based on data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), women represented 45% of students majoring in STEM fields in 2020, up from 40% in 2010 and 34% in 1994.

IPEDS has tracked fall enrollment by major field of study and gender since 1994. The four STEM-related fields include engineering, biological sciences, mathematics and physical sciences.

The Research Science Institute (RSI), the most prestigious summer STEM program for high school students, reports that female students will outnumber male students for the first time in 2022, representing 55% of accepted U.S. students, up from 22% in 1984.

The trends in STEM enrollment fall short of overall college enrollment by gender, but women are catching up.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, female students represented 58 percent of total undergraduate enrollment in fall 2020. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, 59.5% of college students were female as of spring 2021.'

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