This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Taking Responsibility: Women In Stem Fields

3273 words - 13 pages

Women are Still a Minority in STEM Majors
Today’s college students have the opportunity and freedom to choose their major and their career path. Many factors influence the decision of a college student’s career paths including background, general interests, personal strengths, time commitment, and job outlook. Although many important decisions are made in college, one of the most important is the choice of major and career track. Out of hundreds of majors the science and engineering fields are under-represented by women. Although the numbers of women in science technology, engineering, and mathematics, STEM, majors has been increasing in the past years, women still are in the minority in the STEM fields. In her study, Lona Whitmarsh concluded, “that career opportunities for women have widened,” but “not enough change has occurred to show significant differences between the overall population” (49). It is good that more women are entering these fields, but there are still not enough young women aspiring to fill the gaps. Further statistics show that female representation in engineering continues to be low, “in 2008 only 19 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 22.9 percent of masters, and 14.8 percent of PhDs in engineering were awarded to women” (Bystydzienski 2). Although there has been a general increase of women entering the fields of science and mathematics, overall the numbers are still low, showing that women struggle in pursuing a degree within these fields, and that many factors can lead to a female not choosing to begin or complete college in a STEM major. Women are in the minority of STEM fields.
Yong females may be exposed to the sciences and develop an interest, but this curiosity cannot blossom due to the absence of further exposure and engagement. Students first begin to develop interests in certain school subjects as early as middle school and for some in elementary school. The discovery of interests in school begins at a young age, “career aspirations based on individual aptitudes, interests, and values are formulated during adolescence and shape the academic choices that lead to the STEM career pipeline” (Wang 771). Girls may discover that they are interested in science or mathematics at an early age, but they are generally compared to their male counterparts, who are given more attention at a younger age to pursue careers in this field. This time frame is critical, if attention is not given and more concentration is placed, girls may lose interest or consideration in the subject, seeing that it has nothing to offer for them. Jill Bystydzienski asserts, “little attention is paid, however to girls’ engagements with engineering during early stages of decision making” (1-2). If young females were given personal interactions with a field, they can then decide if they have a further interest in the subject. With no introduction to the field in middle school or even high school, the girls do not really understand what they can do with...

Find Another Essay On Taking Responsibility: Women in STEM Fields

The Emerging Role of Women in Technology

1653 words - 7 pages In households throughout the world, it is not uncommon to see a woman taking on the role of homemaker solely. However, more and more often, the idea of women working outside of the home is becoming a reality. Particularly, women are filling a vital role in the emerging technology fields. The duties of female workers are aiding in the progress of technology, right along with their male counterparts, because the once invisible intellectual ability

sadad Essay

1176 words - 5 pages percentages do not accurately determine whether or not that person would have a degree from a STEM field. According to Ma (2011, p. 1180), “43 percent of women who initially claimed a major in STEM ultimately attained their degree, compared with 38 percent of men who did so.” Despite 20.9% more men studying in the areas of natural sciences than women, 5% more women graduate in STEM fields than men. 50.5% of men and 71.4% of women are studying in the

STEM Education in the United States

2080 words - 8 pages strain on the other students who do by taking up more of the professor or T.A.’s time. If only we would value all paths that students take, our country would find itself higher in the ranks in research. While all this is true, we also have fault in overemphasizing STEM industry. By pushing students to get degrees in STEM fields that would have otherwise would have pursued some vocation, we are forcing STEM companies to higher inadequate workers

The Gender Gap

723 words - 3 pages prevalent since the beginning of these fields. Although women are underrepresented in these STEM fields, this is not due to ineptitude, but instead it is a result of the force of societal stereotypes coupled with their wider range of abilities. The recent increase in women’s association with STEM seems promising, however, it is not actually due to decreasing cultural stereotypes. The lack of women in STEM fields, though evident, is not due to

STEM Must Recruit Women

1887 words - 8 pages When you think of STEM jobs, you don’t necessarily even realize there’s a lack of women in these types of jobs. Science, technology, engineer, and math jobs are primarily a male dominated field. In the early years around 1990 there were more women going into these types of jobs at, but compared to today, there has been a decrease of women who are graduating in STEM fields. This is alarming, considering the job opportunity growth for the STEM

Unlocking the Potential of Stem Cells

1224 words - 5 pages In an age of stunning advancements in the fields of science and medicine, perhaps one of the most promising breakthroughs is the discovery and use of stem cells. While the two types of stem cells; adult and embryonic, each hold enormous potential for the advancement of medicine, their origins are frequently surrounded by controversy. Specifically, embryonic stem cells have become the center of a worldwide debate in recent years because the

Stem Cells Research: Revolutionizing the Medical Field

2272 words - 9 pages , scientists were able to create Dolly the lamb, the first clone of an animal through the use of stem cells. Scientists took the DNA of Dolly’s mother and inserted it into the embryo’s cells after taking out its original genes. This allowed the cell to be a genetic replica of the mother. The embryo then grew like a natural one would have within the mother. The most important advancement in stem cell research though, has been the focus on bone

Stem Cells: Gateway to Life

1062 words - 5 pages the cells are not embryos fertilized in women (Frequently Asked Questions). Non-embryonic cells are also called adult or somatic cells. These cells are undifferentiated, this means that the cells can multiply and be used in other parts of the body. They are found in many different parts of the body, which is another reason scientist refer to them as somatic cells. The discovery of the surplus of embryonic stem cells in in vitro embryos occurred in

Stem Cells

1482 words - 6 pages than embryonic stem cells. However, everyone must realize that every good thing comes with some bad. Somatic stem cells have proved to be more difficult to work with than embryonic stem cells, which explains why researchers chose not to use them at first. In some cases, the idea of using stem cells becomes impractical because of the possibility of dangerous mutations taking place that are caused by the long period of time the cells spend in the

Factors Affecting African American Persistence in the Sciences

2207 words - 9 pages math and science teachers so more students have opportunities for high-quality STEM learning and are motivated to pursue STEM degrees and careers; improve[ing] undergraduate teaching practices so more well-prepared STEM students persist to a degree in these fields; and expand[ing] STEM education and career opportunities for underrepresented groups, including women and minorities. (Science 1) Making the improvements suggested by the President

Necessary Growth: An Exploration of the Blossoming Need for STEM Education

1912 words - 8 pages the improvements that females have experienced in recent decades, they remain unequal to men. One example of this is in STEM fields. As Heather Huhman shared in a 2012 issue of Forbes magazine, there has been no significant growth of the percentage of females in STEM fields since 2000 (Huhman), and as shown by a recent study conducted by the United States Department of Commerce, “Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy

Similar Essays

Belonging Uncertainty Of Women In Quantitative Fields Such As Math

1968 words - 8 pages factors led to a sense of belonging for women in the STEM majors, especially belonging to an all-women’s program called Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) (Rosenthal, L., London, B., & Levy, S.R., 2011). To increase and maintain perceived identity compatibility, it would be helpful to expose women to other successful women in STEM fields as role models. Also, enhancing and continuing social support in single-sex programs like WISE would also

Taking Responsibility For The Tragedy In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

5127 words - 21 pages Taking Responsibility for the Tragedy in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet 'Romeo and Juliet' is one of the most famous plays written by William Shakespeare, it is set in Verona, Italy. At the time it was common for parents to arrange their daughter's marriage it was very unusual for the daughter to argue or refuse the marriage. In the play a young couple unfortunately fell passionately in love with each other, the

Where Dem Girls At: The Disproportionate Number Of Men Compared To Women In Stem Majors

851 words - 4 pages Although the overall amount of people attending college is increasing, women are nearly invisible in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, commonly referred to as STEM, majors with “only about 25 percent of STEM degree holders [being] women”. (Sheehy) This severe marginalization of women is caused by of the lack of role models, stereotypes, and misconceptions surrounding these majors. One of the main causes of this lack of women

Wwii: Housewives Report For Duty This Report Talks About The Role Women Played Taking On Factory Work In Wwii

2210 words - 9 pages of aircraft parts. They are taking to welding rods as if the rod were a needle and the metal a length of cloth to be sewn. After a short apprenticeship, this woman can operate a drill press just as easily as a juice extractor in her own kitchen. (Records, 4)This movie and other propaganda used for recruitment portrayed American women, on the home front, as housewives, mothers and workers outside of the home. In an article by Brian Metzger of the