September 16th, 2015

Women and STEM

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.


NJIT New Jersey Institute of Technology – Online MSCS