The most recent study, stated that on average less than 5% of girls and nearly 20% of boys contemplate pursuing a career in engineering and computing.
Why do so few girls study Stem subjects?
It is this lack of self-confidence in their own abilities in mathematics that holds them back from considering careers in which this field of study plays an important role.
Parents tend to expect their sons, rather than their daughters, to work in a STEM field, even when both have the same performance in mathematics and science. Or another relevant figure: it is 8% more likely that boys use computers before the age of six than girls.
New studies suggests that problem solving skills and language abilities are far more important for learning to code than being good at mathematics. Research at the University of Washington found that people good at communicating ideas found easy to learn coding in Python language rather than with people with maths skills
The data contradicts common stereotypes surrounding coding and computer science and could help encourage more women into the STEM subjects, the researchers said.
“Learning to program is hard, but is increasingly important for obtaining skilled positions in the workforce. Information about what it takes to be good at programming is critically missing in a field that has been notoriously slow in closing the gender gap.”
You will no doubt be aware that women are underrepresented in Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) occupations.To attract more girls to study Stem subjects at university, we need to tackle the stereotypes they are exposed to early on
To attract more girls to study Stem subjects at university, we need to tackle the stereotypes they are exposed to early on
Governments, corporations and organisations around the world have made efforts to address the so-called digital gender divide, with the issue a key focus on International Women’s Day in 2020.
STEAMEDU LEARNING (incubated under IGDTUW – Anveshan Foundation Incubation Center) is an amalgamation of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Social Outreach and Women Empowerment. In STEAMEDU more than 70% of the students are girls which is a great example of filling the gender gap of women in field of Science and Technology.
STEAMEDU organises innovative workshops by introducing girls to computers and programming using S.T.E.A.M.(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) hence boosting their confidence in their technical skills
On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let’s pledge to end the gender imbalance in science with STEAMEDU through GENIUS (Girls Empowering New India Using STEAM.)
Happy Woman’s Day