Social Expectations Can Lead Girls Away from STEM

Are We Pushing Girls Away from STEM? One Study Says Yes



A study recently published in a medical journal suggests ‘gender-interest stereotypes’ contribute to a drop in the number of girls who might be interested in STEM by as much as 50 percent, a startling figure if true.

What’s not certain about the study is whether these gender-interest stereotypes emerged from a biological reality of whether they were imposed in an effort to hem in the dynamic of a particular group, in this case, the female of the species.   In other words, is it genes or is patriarchy?  It is probably a lot of both.

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