Sexism in Science?

male-female-scientist-580x330I’m sure most of us have noticed a large gender gap between men and women in the science field. Even though just as many women work as men, only 26% of women work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields. There are many factors that contribute to this low percentage, including less funding in scientific grants for women and a lesser median salary. The median salary for a female engineer in 2008 was $24,000 less than the median salary of an equally qualified male engineer.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 2.20.15 PMSo why is the gender gap so large? Haven’t we moved past the era of gender inequality? Apparently not, and it could stay this way for awhile. Since we see more men work in STEM fields, many young girls lack women role models that they wish to aspire to, causing them to believe that they are inadequate to explore a career in science.

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This needs to change. Women are just as capable as men are, we need to prove that not only to our male competitors but to the young girls in society as well.

What do you think? Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNowSexismCheck out this article for more information!

2 Comments

  1. Would love to see more ladies in the scientific field!! Great research.

  2. I LOVE teaching science to young women because I know this needs to change. Now you can go out there and change the world!

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