Women Gain in Some STEM Fields, but Not Computer Science – NYTimes.com

November 24, 2013 at 1:37 am 1 comment

Brand new data, same old story.

As you can see, a majority of bachelor’s degrees in some STEM fields — psychology, biosciences, social sciences — were actually given to women in recent years. And women’s participation in these fields has also risen, on net, since 1991, even if there has been some erosion in biosciences in recent years. Women receive less than half of physical sciences degrees, but they earn a much higher share than they did two decades ago.

Now take a look at the trends in computer science and engineering. Engineering is slightly more female-heavy than it was in 1991, but not much: 15.5 percent then versus 18.4 percent in 2010, the most recent year in the report. Computer science actually is more male-dominated today than it was two decades ago: Women received 29.6 percent of computer science B.A.’s in 1991, compared with 18.2 percent in 2010.

via Women Gain in Some STEM Fields, but Not Computer Science – NYTimes.com.

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  • 1. Ken Bauer  |  November 24, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Thanks for the link Mark. There definitely is a huge opportunity ahead of us here. I hope to see it climb back over 30% and towards gender parity in undergraduate CS within my academic lifetime.


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