There is an acute shortage of females in four key areas of science. Known collectively as “STEM,” these disciplines include Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics — all of which have historically been male-dominated.
What’s most worrisome is that negative stereotypical attitudes are often developed early in young girls and boys alike. In a controlled social experiment conducted, a group of middle school girls scored poorly on Visual-Spatial abilities tests when testers gave them no information at all or told them that boys were better than girls was at performing test-related tasks. Conversely, girls lead to believe that no gender-based differences exist for tested aptitudes scored significantly higher.
To learn more about female stereotypes in science take a look at the infographic below.