STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is an education grouping practised in the UK and other countries in the world. In the recent period STEM education is getting quite popular because people have realized that the knowledge and skills found in each of these disciplines are vital for student success. On top of that this education promises successful career. Yet, latest statistics show that women are under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
There are many reasons why there is under-representation of women in STEM. For instance, many girls are afraid of being teased if they decide to show more interest in maths and physics or technology. This is why even small girls aged between 6 and 11 years avoid STEM. Unfortunately, there are still teachers who believe that women should avoid these disciplines because “they are not born for that”. This is completely wrong.
In addition, many women don’t have the necessary support to get involved in these disciplines and in some cases they are discouraged. In most cases, it is not the father that discourage their daughters, but their mothers. It seems that there are too many young women who underestimate their capabilities too.
Needless to say, even in the 21st century, people have stereotypes when it comes to science. Even men who are working in the field of science are often perceived as weird and egocentric. When it comes to women, the stereotypes are even worse.