Are Stereotypes Keeping Women Away From Science?

by Innovation Excellence

Are Stereotypes Keeping Women Away From Science?Across the board in the STEM related fields, there is a distinct shortage of females in relation to males. Many have their theories as to why this is, but we can assume stereotypes are to blame.

Developed at an early age, stereotypes about women are ingrained in boys and girls alike. Women make up 50% of the US population and 49% of the workforce, yet only 24% of females work in STEM related positions. Women are crucial to the future of science and their contributions thus far cannot be understated. The stereotypes currently in place need to change, and giving females confidence in science from a young age may be just the answer.



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Braden KelleyBraden Kelley is a popular innovation speaker, embeds innovation across the organization with innovation training, and builds B2B pull marketing strategies that drive increased revenue, visibility and inbound sales leads. He has recently begun distributing Innovation eLearning and is the author of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons. He tweets from @innovate.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this important information, Braden.

  2. In the near future this will change. The big push for STEM education in schools isn’t even ten years old yet and so it will take some time to see improvement, but already there are many females currently in grade school who are becoming interested in STEM careers. I have found, through the STEM work that I do, that many times the girls are smarter or equal to the boys. I know that there is a growing and concerted effort to get more girls interested in science and physics, so although there is currently still a gap it must be remembered that there has always been a gap and in years past it, was much worse…

  3. Thanks a lot for posting this article! I will share it with my followers.

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