We know that there is what is called a ‘gender divide’ (or gender gap) in STEM. In short, there are more men than women in STEM careers. More young men pursue STEM fields in college than young women. So why don’t more girls pursue technology careers, become scientists, or become computer scientists? Girls get the same education in K-12 that boys do. So do they simply dislike computer science? Are they not good enough at it to pursue it as a career?
The handy infographic below takes a look at some statistics from a few different sources to show that it is mainly girls’ perceptions that prevent them from pursuing careers in computer science. Basically, girls are just as good at computer science as boys are, but they begin to perform differently once they begin to think that boys are better at it. Interesting, right? Keep reading to learn more.