Why So Few? (Takeaways 8)

Why So Few? (Takeaways 8)

Why Are There So Few Women in STEM?

In class on the glorious Cinco De Mayo (yes, I showed up on Cinco De Mayo), we discussed why there are so few women in STEM fields from many different perspectives such as experience and friendliness of college level courses:

  1. Neither males nor females are the smartest gender (it’s been shown that they’re basically equivalent)
  2. People with a growth mindset are much more likely to improve their intelligence
  3. The growth mindset is both teachable and learned
  4. If someone takes a Calculus level math course in high school they are 3x more likely to pursue STEM
  5. Men seem to have better spatial skills than women initially
  6. Spatial skills can be easily learned thus leveling the playing field
  7. Better spatial skills increases the chances that women will stay in STEM through higher education
  8. Computer science curriculum needs to be revised to be more broad and welcoming to newcomers
  9. More computer science social events are needed so that people can connect with others
  10. Real life advice: Treat your bosses assistant well and the can help you out