An Upward Trend
When this article was written in 2012, the trend was downwards. Data in 2020 suggests that the number of women pursuing fields of study in STEM subjects appears to be increasing. According to a report at the Community College Times, women earned 34 percent of two-year STEM degrees in 1997. In 2020, according to USAFacts, the number of women graduating in STEM subjects shows steady year-over-year growth.
- A lack of female role models in STEM fields
- Instructional methods in STEM courses are not geared toward female students
- Care-giving roles at home restrict the time and attention women can give to degree programs