According to recent research, it turns out gender also comes into play when students change their major from STEM fields--which has some interesting implications for changing that ratio.
To say that 15 year-old Abigail Harrison is reaching for the stars would be an understatement. She is actually aiming for Mars.
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A new video released by the European Commission, “Science: It’s a Girl Thing!”, is meant to encourage girls to consider careers in the natural and physical sciences, presenting science, as the title suggests, as an area compatible with femininity and other “girl things” — make-up, high heels, and fashion. The video has been roundly criticized, both for presenting a stereotyped image of girls and for misrepresenting the scientific workplace (one female scientist Tweeted wondering what will happen to any girls possibly drawn in by this campaign when they learn that in many labs, open-toed heels violate safety codes).
An infographic from the website College.com examines the fact that in higher education these days, it's a woman's world. By 2019, there will be nearly three female students for every two male students in college, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The graphic postulates that this will be a problem for male employment down the line, since unemployment rates are higher for people without college degrees. View the full infographic after the jump.