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Purpose of this post
We asked the survey participants to select four out of eight given reasons of Why should women join the STEM fields. We came up with the eight reasons listed in the survey based on some internet research. The eight reasons we listed can be questioned, as well as the survey mechanism. We received several email-comments regarding the process of the survey. In light of those emails, we should disclose that we are not statisticians. We do not have enough expertise to conduct a systematic survey. This survey was just our small effort to add a drop of water in the big ocean of efforts made by the Government and academia to encourage women in STEM.
|Why should women join the STEM fields||% of people selected this reason|
|Women can choose any field including STEM and can be equally successful as men.||89%|
|A woman can make as much positive difference a man can make when in a leading position in any area including STEM.||81%|
|Diversity improves productivity and innovation.||78%|
|More women will ensure better working-environments for women in STEM-related disciplines.||43%|
|Closing the gender gap in any discipline motivates all.||41%|
|Equal opportunity means that there should be almost 50% women and 50% men in the STEM area.||22%|
|STEM offers stability and has the potential for lucrative incomes.||22%|
|The lesser number of women currently in the STEM jobs will not feel alienated.||10%|
Historians consider that the “first computer programmer” was Ada Lovelace. Who does not know Marie Skłodowska Curie — the first person in history to receive a Nobel Prize two times. Physicist and astronaut Sally Ride was the first American woman in space. She once said:
For whatever reason, I didn’t succumb to the stereotype that science wasn’t for girls. I got encouragement from my parents. I never ran into a teacher or a counselor who told me that science was for boys. A lot of my friends did.
Call for action 🙂
We can keep citing examples but examples are redundant in such an obvious topic. So many great women of last several hundred years in STEM already proved that stereotype about women in STEM was nothing but a prejudice.
Please let your daughter reach her full potential as a Mechanical or an Electrical Engineer, a Mathematician, a Physicist, a Computer Scientist, or any expert in any discipline, if she is interested. No specific field is for men; no specific field is for women. All fields are open to everyone. Let us stop making pink and blue prejudices in education. Let us mentor all our children in Science and Math regardless of gender, if STEM excites them.
If so many people really realize that increasing number of women in STEM is crucial, then why are there so few women in STEM? Please note that the survey was hosted in our blog. Most of the responses were probably from other bloggers, or from people who seek answers online. We did not ask for demographic information during the survey to ensure simplicity. There is another world outside this blogging and internet world where people might be thinking otherwise regarding women in STEM.