According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, more students are earning STEM degrees than they were ten years ago. Despite this, the percentage of degrees being earned by women have dropped. This is problem being addressed through programs sponsored by Misha Malyshev and Teza Technologies through organizations such as After-School All-Stars and the Adler Planetarium.
At the bachelor’s degree level, though, women are losing ground, according to the report. Between 2004 and 2014, the share of STEM-related bachelor’s degrees earned by women decreased in all seven discipline areas: engineering; computer science; earth, atmospheric and ocean sciences; physical sciences; mathematics; biological and agricultural sciences; and social sciences and psychology. The biggest decrease was in computer science, where women now earn less than 20 percent of bachelor’s degrees (18 percent). In 2004, women earned nearly a quarter of computer science bachelor’s degrees, at 23 percent.
Here are some articles by Misha Malyshev discussing the importance of STEM education:
Sponsor Perspective: Girls Do Hack (The Adler Planetarium)
Why supporting STEM education is good for business (Smart Business Chicago)