This new study may have finally uncovered why ladies are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers.
The authors begin by showing that even in thee most gender equal societies in the world, females make up only 25% of STEM graduates.
But this under-representation isn’t, as some have suggested over the years, because the girls can’t hack math and science. On the contrary, the ladies actually scored in the same neighborhood as the fellas in STEM-related subjects. But that’s not all the ladies did. They also kicked the boys rear ends big time in areas like reading.
So the ladies can hold their own when it comes to STEM, and they do way more than just hold their own when it comes to non-STEM.
Which means they have plentiful options when it comes to career paths. And lots of them follow their guidance counselors advice to "do what you're best at". Which can be interpreted as "head to the areas where you're the most advanced relative to your peers". So, logically, many of these multi-talented young ladies choose non-STEM career paths.
Makes perfect sense.
One last point. This is yet another example of “common wisdom” being probably wrong. If you’d like to read a few past posts that attack other wrong stories see below…