Why So Few?: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Why So Few?: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

AAUW (formerly the American Association of University Women) has issued a report that examines the reasons why there are relatively few women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professions. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Letitia Corum Memorial Fund, the Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund, the report, Why So Few?: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (134 pages, PDF), looks at research findings that point to eight environmental and social factors — including stereotypes, gender bias, and the culture of science and engineering departments in colleges and universities — that serve as barriers to women's participation and progress in STEM professions. The report also contains statistics on girls' and women's achievement and participation in STEM areas as well as suggestions for how to make the fields more open to all individuals.