Kylie said on April 17, 2013 at 8:55 p.m. I agree, there is an overall shortage of those pursuing STEM majors, and everyone, regardless of gender, should be encouraged to pursue these fields. However, the idea that women don't pursue these fields because they "don't think that way" is completely over-generalized and inaccurate. The fact is, it is hard to tell the extent to what factors influence the choices people make for their career choices. What we do know (as evident by this study) is that women often succeed in the humanities and our cultural influence validates this success. What I feel many forget to realize is that success in the humanities can also lead to greater success in stem careers as well. In general, I feel that women aren't pursuing these majors because they don't know they can so wildly succeed. As a female in computer science, I have seen so many intimidated by the fact that they don't know how to code something yet. All of these fears are a product of our culture, and you know what - I'm ready for us to realize women are just as competent and successful in STEM careers if they so choose to pursue it, so why not promote a culture supportive and encouraging of women pursuing STEM careers.
Emily said on April 16, 2013 at 12:41 a.m. Oh, I dream of attending this school to pursue a STEM major (as a female). Apps are soon. Here's hoping.