What do you think about the paradox of gender equality and fewer women in STEM?

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https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/02/the-more-gender-equality-the-fewer-women-in-stem/553592/

I find it odd that women are constantly pushed into STEM fields (often by feminists), but in supposedly more gender equal countries, women are LESS likely to be in them.

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What Girls Said 1

  • Seeing that the study linked above provided a regression line between two independent variables, the research is a correlational study, wherein one variable is not necessarily caused by the other variable.

    There is a low negative correlation between the Global Gender Gap Index or GGGI (y-axis) and the percentage of women among STEM graduates (x-axis). This implies that an inverse relationship is presented, as the higher the GGGI, the lower the percentage of women among STEM graduates.

    It should be noticed that the countries at the bottom right tend to be impoverished ones; hence, pursuing STEM is a lucrative choice. Countries ranked high at the GGGI tend to be affluent nations; hence, women in such countries may choose to pursue fields without economic constraints in comparison to citizens of developing countries.

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What Guys Said 4

  • I don't think it's a paradox. Equal opportunity. It's open to women. Looks like they choose not to. That's fine. If they choose to, that's fine too.

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  • They aren't interested. They should be encouraged to do something but not have it be slammed into their faces all the time.

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  • If they're not interested, they're not interested. People are going to do what they want to do.

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