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Women account for just 26 percent of STEM bachelor’s degrees [GRAPH]

According to the National Science Board, 233,000 undergrads left college in 2007 with degrees in STEM subjects. Of that number, roughly 26 percent are women. That’s at the heart of the women technologist movement Brain Pickings has excerpted sections of Ainissa Ramirez‘s “Save Our Science,” in which she explains that part of the reason for […]

According to the National Science Board, 233,000 undergrads left college in 2007 with degrees in STEM subjects. Of that number, roughly 26 percent are women. That’s at the heart of the women technologist movement
Brain Pickings has excerpted sections of Ainissa Ramirez‘s “Save Our Science,” in which she explains that part of the reason for the drop in the number of women entering STEM fields is the “false presumption that girls are not as good as boys in science and math.”

This graph from Brain Pickings explains part of it: in the 20th century, there was a large decrease in the number of girls in high school STEM classes, one reason why fewer women graduate from college with STEM-related degrees.
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