The Role Of Gender Stereotypes On Female Performance And Participation Of Math, Science, And Engineering

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Historically, women often faced many barriers is the realms of math and science. If women were allowed to enter higher education, some were denied degrees merely because of their sex. Some female scientists and mathematicians endured theft of their work by male colleagues and were not well-known for their contributions until decades or centuries later. Many had to face the prevailing belief that men were better suited for math and science and that women possessed lesser intellect. Modern psychology has studied whether female performance in math and science - and female representation in the related career fields - can be attributed to differences in cognitive abilities or by some other factors. While men once performed better in math, it has been shown that women are now performing similarly to men and there is no evidence that they have lesser ability (Nevid, 2014, p. 265). I will be examining various studies that explore the relationship between gender stereotypes and stereotype threat and their effects on female performance and participation in math, science, and engineering.
In research conducted by Steele, James, and Barnett (2002), perceptions of discrimination and stereotype threat were examined in undergraduate women who were enrolled in a private university in the male-dominated areas of math, science, and engineering and compared to the perceptions of men in male- and female-dominated majors. Math, science, and engineering majors are male-dominated and of the…

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