Why aren’t there women here? Commentary on “The Freedom to Say No” by Elaine McArdle, Boston Globe

October 9, 2008 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

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Why aren’t there more women in STEM careers?  McArdle argues that two new studies suggest its women’s own preferences that explain the dramatic gender imbalance in math, science and technology careers. Do I think women self-select out of math, science and IT worlds? Absolutely, unequivocally, yes. What I value is finding out why they self select and address it, not to accept it as such and dismiss it. We know at Girlstart that girls self select because of the unappealing stereotypes around these professions. Although 76% of girls report interest and enjoyment in working with computers, 77% said they were uninterested or unsure about IT careers. (College Board AP Test 2007 Program Summary Report) At Girlstart we work to reverse these stereotypes everyday by introducing girls to dynamic women and cutting edge opportunities in these professions. By creating programs that are exciting, hands-on and speak to girls’ interests and concerns we’re doign everything we can to change this trend and shattering these stereotypes.  – Rachel

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