Prejudices continue to weigh on the presence of women in STEM degrees
Women in science careers: Why are they still in the minority?
Article previously published in Spanish on Soziable.es, written by Ignacio Santa María.
It was not easy for Ada Byron, Jocelyn Bell or Marie Curie. Do not dedicate yourself to science or technology is not a path of roses for women today. Most girls can not even take that road even if they have the capacity to do so. Mental, cultural and social barriers prevent it. Five expert women in the field offer us the keys to the problem and their proposals to solve it.
For Alessandra Aloisio, Associate Director of Technology in the Talent and Careers Department at IE Business School, “there is no difference in the learning capacity between boys and girls. Only if we manage to fight against the stereotypes and external conditions to which women are exposed since childhood could we obtain favorable results in terms of the growth of female presence in universities in STEM careers”.
Numerous statistics show that women are still a minority in STEM careers (this acronym corresponds to the initials of the English words Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). In the countries of the EU, the percentages of graduates in these careers move between 20 and 30 percent (still far from the desirable 50 percent). But, once graduates, they also find it difficult to exercise a profession in those fields . Women represent only 28 percent of researchers around the world, according to Unesco.
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