Reasons why women tend to shy away from this field is a mandatory area of research for society. It’s a necessary field of research to see why women aren’t interested in STEM related jobs, and why there are more men in this field. In recent years, women in STEM careers has dropped due to many circumstances. There are many reasons female avoid going into jobs that are related in the STEM field. Many researchers have found countless reasons why female avoid jobs in STEM.
By participating in discussions, children can learn to actively understand messages about gender roles, and learn to criticize or simply explore what they mean (De Abreu). Besides that, Disney Media Corporation should also come up with more movies that reflects more on reality rather than a fairytale so that young girls can learn, and have basic knowledge about the real world. As for education, teachers and administrators should run a workshop inviting women that have performed successfully in science and engineering to give a talk to students to motivate them, and to prove that women can also major in science and engineering. Surveys afterward show a significant increase in the female students ' desire to take those types of classes (Pohl et
The purpose of this study is to identify the factors affecting the female students’ decisions on pursuing engineering programs. This in turn would be analyzed in order to contribute to the existing literature that could be used to address the issue of having low female students enrolling on any of engineering programs at De La Salle Lipa. By the end of the study, the researchers assume that they would be able to identify and analyze the factors affecting the decisions of female students in choosing engineering programs. The study aims to seek answers on several questions identified by the researchers. The first one is how women perceive the engineering programs before pursuing them.
The evident under-representation of women in physics has broad implications, particularly for industries and government agencies that need technically educated staff. Quite simply, the global scientific workforce is failing to use a large fraction of its talent pool. The shortage of female physicists in academia exacerbates the situation, in that female students lack role models in the field. Of course, the nature and magnitude of the problem varies from country to country. But what is remarkably consistent is that the percentage of women in physics in all countries decreases markedly with each step up the academic ladder and with each level of promotion in industrial and national laboratories.
“One of the things that I really strongly believe is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half of the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent...that is not being encouraged…” ("Women and girls," 2013) Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) continues to significantly improve everyday life, and it has grown rapidly in the job industry to create innovative products and global competition. However, women are greatly underrepresented, not only in STEM occupations, but also in earning an undergraduate degree in a STEM field. Engineers are the second largest STEM occupational group, but only about one out of every seven engineers is female (Beede et all., 2011). The shortage of women in STEM has been a recent controversial topic that has captured the attention of researchers, employers, and universities.
Women have to face problems because of their gender. In the article “Sexism a problem in Silicon Valley, critics says,” LA Times, October 24, 2013, Jessica Guynn mentions that discrimination against women exists in the technology companies because of their gender. Some women that work at tech companies have been sexually threatened and death threats. Some technology companies do not have any senior women because women are not as well promoted as men are. Many women decide not to study to become engineers as result women are not as prominent in the technology workplace.
However, jobs in SET sectors such as engineers, artisans and construction workers have revealed that there are too few women in these positions. With more women pursuing university degrees in SET sectors, why is it still difficult for women to stay in these fields when they have applicable knowledge? Knowledge is power in these occupations when you are a woman. Getting through the actual barriers and getting people to believe the knowledge one possesses is hard as a woman (Alison Andrew, 2009). The ability of women to access SET ... ... middle of paper ... ...women should take positions in non-female traditional jobs because of diversity and demographic changes.
These women’s work is immensely important. Without their work in the field, we would know significantly less about radioactivity and the structure of DNA. Since these women’s work drastically changed and improved science, then why aren’t more girls choosing career paths in STEM fields? Less and less girls are choosing career in STEM fields causing a growing gender gap as well as a decline in many STEM fields. Now one may wonder what is STEM?
Adamson, Foster, Roark & Reed (1998) suggests that the gender gap in science appears to widen with development so much so that there is concern that women are being underrepresented in some science fields. It is suggested that due to the role science and technology plays in all of our lives today it is not only a concern that women are limiting their career options, but also that they are not getting the opportunity to take part in the planning and decision-making processes that occur in areas which affect all citizens (Johnston, 1984). Indeed, Andre, Whigham, Hendrickson & Chambers (1999), have found that secondary school girls have lower persistence and enrolment in the physical science pipeline, which of course leads to women having lower participation in physical science careers. Recently O’Brien, Martinez-Pons & Kopala (1999) reported that gender could directly predict students’ career interests in the science and engineering fields, leaving no question as to whether gender was an issue when choosing science subject. It is thought that the critical moment for girls arises when they have a choice as to whether to do science or not (Robottom, 1986) and it is at this point the gender differences really become noticeable.
Today it is holding back bright futures for many young women everywhere. "The first women to enter this male-ordered campus were venturing into unmapped terrain." (Sadker 229) Not only does gender inequality li... ... middle of paper ... ...discussions. Another reason for this is that there are more male professors in colleges and universities and it is even more difficult to find women professors at the most prestigious universities. Throughout these silent scenarios of sexism in the classroom, more and more women today are being robbed of "knowledge and self-esteem."