Women In STEM

By Cameron Hildebrand

Within the STEM industry, they are few women scientists and engineers. However, women are prominent in medicine, law, and business. When it comes to women in the STEM industry, stereotype threats arise. This includes anything from a woman taking a male dominant class, to a woman taking a test in a room with mainly just men and being treated differently while in that room. Throughout STEM careers women are underestimated and underrepresented.

It is believed that individuals with a growth mindset have even more intelligence that keeps developing, unlike individuals with fixed mindsets. Most women are seen to have growth mindsets because they never are happy. They continue to have to desire to grow and learn no matter the difficulty faced. Having a growth mindset benefits women and young girls in science and math because they are constantly faced with negative stereotypes about their facilities.

Out of all scientists and engineers seeking employment within the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields 50% under 75 are women, and 49% under 29 are women. About one in seven engineers are female. Men are much more likely than women to have a STEM career regardless of educational attainment, according to Women in STEM Fields.

The range of STEM is far greater than most industries. Some of these include:

  • Aerospace engineering

  • Astronomy

  • Biochemistry

  • Biology

  • Chemical engineering

  • Chemistry

  • Civil engineering

  • Computer science

  • Electrical engineering

  • Mathematics

  • Mechanical engineering

  • Physics

  • Psychology

  • Statistics

While other subcategories may be added underneath of these, these are most of the categories headings. In order to encourage the number of women pursuing careers in STEM government and charities have been launched to increase the number of young women studying STEM degrees and going on to work in STEM-related fields. Girls Who Code, Engineer Girl, and Kode With Klossy are just a few of the organizations that have been established to encourage female participation in STEM subjects. These programs include internships and other work placements that otherwise are often not made available specifically for young women.