I Think I Can’t: Lack of Confidence in Math Keeps Girls Out of Lucrative STEM Careers

I Think I Can’t: Lack of Confidence in Math Keeps Girls Out of Lucrative STEM Careers
March 2, 2018

The rate at which women enroll in four-year colleges and complete bachelor’s degrees continues to outpace the rate for men. In fact, by 2025 women will represent nearly 60 percent of all university students. Yet despite their growing numbers on college campuses, women remain a small minority among students majoring in physical, engineering, mathematics, and computer (PEMC) sciences. It seems that personal beliefs about their math skills, and not actual math ability, in high school keep young women out of PEMC college classes and careers, according to new research from Florida State University (FSU).