STEM. Stem is a simple four-letter acronym meaning: science, technology, engineering, and math. Simple though it may be, the field of computer science is unjustifiably dominated by men. In high school, this trend is apparent because there are little to no girls taking classes in computer science. This truth is has been extensively written on: “This trend begins well before entering the job market: girls account for more than half of all Advanced Placement (AP) test-takers, yet boys outnumber girls 4:1 in computer science exams. By way of examples, in Mississippi, Montana and Wyoming, not a single girl took the AP Computer Science examination in 2014.” (Pinegar). In most colleges, men major in more careers in the STEM field than women by an even wider margin: “Consider these numbers: In 2008, 41 percent of college freshman men planned to major in science and engineering, compared to 30 percent of women.” (Marder). The difference between men and women in the computer science field wasn’t always this way: “And while men in tech jobs overall in the U.S. currently outnumber women seven to three, with a staggering 80 percent of software developers in New York being male, this gender gap wasn’t always this pronounced.” (Chang). Women are not as interested in computer science than they used to be; it could be that woman feel less confident in science and engineering compared to their counterparts. All of these quotes prove the point that there are more men in computer science than there are women. It is clear that in order to close this gender gap between men and woman in the computer science field, high schools must offer more computer science classes and work to encourage for girls to enroll. If the interest is not developed early on it is unlikely for females to pursue STEM careers later in life.
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