Essay about The Differences Between The Number Of Women And Men

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“It would probably also be beneficial to find one or two male biologists to work with.” is what Fiona Ingleby and Megan Head were told by a reviewer from the journal PLoS One (Baitz, 2015). This is merely one of the many things that women that pursue careers in science hear everyday. They are a minority, and they are often not taken seriously and discouraged. According to Hango (2013), in 2011, only 39% of graduates in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) were women, with as little as 23% in engineering. Meanwhile, women accounted for 66% of graduates in non-STEM programs. There are many reasons why there is such discrepancy between the number of women and men in the STEM field, like gender stereotypes, organizational culture and social pressure.
Boys and girls are treated differently since from the moment they are born. Boys play with toys that are “associated with large motor development and spatial skills” (Robb, 2015, para. 7), like puzzles and Legos. On the contrary, feminine toys are “associated with fine motor development, language development and social skills” (Robb, 2015, para. 7), for instance, playing with dolls, make up and cooking. Toys that are perceived as boys’ usually stimulate the child’s thinking, creativity, and imagination, whereas girls are encouraged to play with toys that, instead, are related to passivity. Subsequently, women develop other skills that are not necessarily associated to analytical thinking. Meanwhile, men cultivate an…

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