Women In STEM

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Women in STEM
Why do some people think that women can’t complete that of what men can? STEM workforces have been preferring men over women for a long time. It has been discouraging women to apply for STEM jobs, for they will be the minority. STEM careers have not shown equal values with both genders, and women should be recognized as men 's equals in the workforce.
With the jobs in the STEM, science, technology, engineering, and math, are rising, so are the number of women applying to it. The women are being encouraged to apply and balance the ratio of men to women. Some STEM jobs are also dominated by women. 78 percent of the clinical laboratory technologists are women, 60 percent of accountants and auditors are women (Women in Science, Technology,
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According to United States Department of Commerce, even though women hold about half the jobs in US economy, they hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs (Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation). In Facebook, Google, Apple, and other big tech companies, the ratio of men to women is at least 4 to 1. A study in 2008 by Harvard Business Review shows that over time, these women will have as much as 50 percent chance to leave the field because of hostile work environments (LA Times, Why are women leaving the tech industry in droves?). With the environment being at least 75 percent men in tech companies, women feel like they are a minority and can’t voice out their opinions. Along with the unfair ratio, Corinne Moss-Racusin, a social psychologist at Skidmore College recently conducted an experiment about how each company chooses their employees. She had scientist evaluate identical resumes of a candidate either named “Jennifer” or “John”. Despite having the same resumes, Jennifer was considered less competent, making it harder for her to get the job, as well as having offered a salary that was $4,000, 13 percent lower than John’s. Even women scientist seemed to prefer John over Jennifer (Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Why does John get the STEM job rather than Jennifer?). This experiment shows that women are undermined as lesser than men, even though their resumes were exactly the same. With both men and women preferring John over Jennifer tell that the favoritism isn’t only gender specific, but seems to be around stereotypes that women cannot do well in the workforce. Although there is a big difference in male and female working in STEM jobs, industry group Code.org believes that computing jobs will more than double to 1.4 million by 2020 (LA Times, Why are women leaving the tech industry in droves?). This will lead to more opportunities for women to apply for these jobs and to

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