Women in STEM

Women in Science Technology Engineering and Technology is a hot topic at the moment – even being covered in Animal Conservation and many blog posts. I just came across this graphic from engineeringdegree.net explaining attrition in the sciences – why women drop out of the science ladder as they progress. It would be great to see it extended to postgraduate and research jobs, as female attrition reaches it peak post-PhD, allegedly due to conflicts between academic careers and child-raising. For example, around 46 % of those being awarded undergraduate science degrees in the USA are women, but this percentage drops to 39 % for masters degrees, 33 % for doctoral degrees and – at the end of the career spectrum – 6 % for full professorships. Clearly, today’s challenge is not only to get women into science, but to keep them.



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