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 fu... ... middle of paper ... ... 2013. Cech, Erin, et al. "Professional Role Confidence and Gendered Persistence In Engineering."
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“Public opinion did not consider women’s colleges either a wise investment or worthwhile educational endeavor” (Harwarth 4). The public did not know that educated women were just as academically capable as men. Dr. Edward Clarke, a retired Harvard medical school professor, published a treatise in 1873. “After observing several students at women’s colleges, he wrote that if women used their “limited energy” on studying, they would endanger their “female apparatus””(Harwarth 5). Clarke basically suggested that women should stop attending colleges because it was a risk their uterus and ovaries.
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