What benefits are there to having more women in STEM (science, technology, engineering…
What benefits are there to having more women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields?
Sometimes I wonder at the 'battle' to get more girls and women involved in STEM fields and keep us there. Devil's advocate here (not necessarily my opinion or feelings) — WHY do we need to gender balance these fields?
Off the top of my head I'm going to guess that nursing is a gender-heavy field for women. I don't really see a push to include more men or recruit them from high school. My guess is that boys are more likely to be encouraged to become doctors.
Women have traditionally been seen as 'nurturers.' Men are seen as 'fixers.' To me they are actually the same thing… fixing problems is a way to take care of people and nurturing is a form of assistance.
Are we fighting for something we don't even want or need?
Some quotes from the article:
It is believed that women are more drawn toward professions that can improve society and individuals’ lives.
Young women often comment that they want a career where they can help make things better; this being the case, then engineering should be the ideal career choice.
Attempted gender balance in engineering – The Manitoban
The U of M engineering faculty still sees disappointing numbers in female enrollment, despite numerous efforts to even the gender balance. Only one in every six engineering student is a woman. At a sc…