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Why so few women in STEM? Get the report

2010 March 29
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In an era in which women are increasingly represented in medicine, law, and business, why do they continue to lag behind men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics?  Last week, AAUW released a new report that can help to explain this puzzle.

Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is a comprehensive report on the controversial issue of the continued underrepresentation of women in these fields. It was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the AAUW Letitia Corum Memorial Fund, the AAUW Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle, and the AAUW Eleanor Roosevelt Fund.

Drawing upon a large and diverse body of research, AAUW’s report provides compelling evidence of environmental and social barriers – including unconscious gender bias, stereotypes, and the climate within college and university science and engineering departments – that continue to limit women’s participation and progress.

The report also includes up-to-date statistics on girls’ and women’s achievement and participation in these areas and offers new ideas for what each of us can do to more fully open scientific and engineering fields to girls and women.

Find out more about the report, Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: 

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