This slick visualization from Scientific American (STEM degrees) 2008*, more biology degrees were earned by women than men. Nearly half of all undergraduate degrees in chemistry were earned by women, but only 40% of PhDs. Though much discussion circles around the numbers, there was one trend that has received less attention. Though the proportion of degrees in computer science awarded to women was less than 30% at all educational levels, women earned a larger proportion of Masters’ degrees than Bachelor’s or PhDs. Perhaps tech companies could follow these data and actively recruit more Masters in order to diversify their workforce…
*The most recent year for which data are available.
- Women Are Earning Greater Share of STEM Degrees, but Doctorates Remain Gender-Skewed (scientificamerican.com)
- She Geeks: A Look at Women in STEM Careers (business2community.com)