Feminizing STEM? It can backfire

Female college students need encouragement to consider predominantly male STEM careers. However, feminizing science careers is a turn-off for middle school girls, a study finds.

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  1. banjo pickin girl says:

    It’s best to be realistic about things. I am a scientist and at my particular graduate school there was a great deal of overt sexism and discrimination.

    Girls going into nontraditional fields need a lot of mentoring about what to expect. Then it will go okay. But then anybody could use mentoring!

  2. You can’t make someone become interested in something they’re not. Trying to force feed girls STEM in an attempt to get them interested in it is going to backfire, guaranteed. (Force feeding anyone anything to try to get them interested in it is going to backfire. It’s just human nature.)

    Now, it should be made plain to all girls that, if they’re interested, STEM majors are great and they will be encouraged to do it. But, if they’re not interested… c’est la vie. It’s a free country, after all.

    • Trying to force feed girls STEM in an attempt to get them interested in it is going to backfire, guaranteed.

      But not as badly as decreeing that the requirements of the work will be changed to make the jobs more “accessible” to people who e.g. cannot do math.

  3. I agree, and trying to ‘feminize’ STEM is doing a disservice to anyone who wants to excel in the field (I work in high tech, and some of the best people I’ve seen are women, usually since they don’t have egos as large as a aircraft carrier, and do quite well in the field, if properly mentored, and brought along).

  4. Richard Aubrey says:

    We need a Title Nine. Take male nerds with Aspergers and a great competence in math and make them major in social work and English. Until we get the numbers right, by golly.
    Or gender norm the STEM. That’ll work. Remember the old joke, “How does an airplane designed by feminists fly?” “Presuming an airplane is only useful if it can fly is patriarchal linear thinking.”
    How about let people do what they want and don’t bother them.
    Ah, that’s crazy talk.