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Gender STEM Gap in US – More college degrees overall, but earn a minority of undergraduate degrees issued in stem fields

U.S. women earn more college degrees than men overall, but earn a minority of undergraduate degrees issued in stem fields

 

In their study of gender disparities in education and employment, Ana Maria Munoz-Boudet and Ana Revenga, two experts from the World Bank, found that gender gaps in STEM fields are common around the world. According to the authors, in 2013 only four countries in Europe produced a pool of STEM graduates that were at least 15 percent female. In the United States, despite women earning more degrees than men overall, they account for only 35 percent of the undergraduate degrees issued in STEM fields.

Munoz-Boudet and Revenga also note that in some areas, gender gaps in STEM fields are actually broadening. Between 2004 and 2014, the proportion of women earning engineering or computer science degrees in the United States fell.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Charts of the week: Advancing women and girls in science

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