| _ConcreteRose_ wrote:|
This is definitely my topic of interest.
This is purely anecdotal so take it as such: But I have a huge problem with people in the STEM field, or STEM majors. Its been my observation that these white, asian and indian men think they're the sh*t because they can do a little math or a little coding and they start to get a very elitist attitude. And It's been my experience that they tend to discourage women and minorities from entering in this field because it weakens it to them. Like they all of a sudden wouldn't be special anymore. And I feel most people in society have an implicit attitude that minorities and women can't handle the work and therefore we are discouraged from going the STEM route at a young age. And then when we do decide to enter into the STEM world we're discriminated against: We aren't offered funding for our research, we're paid less, we're subject to workplace harassment, we're not invited to the study groups, etc.
I will never forget hearing teachers tell female students that "it is ok you're not good at math - you're just a girl." The irony was that many of these teachers were female.
Our society still has many stereotypes and narrow minded, ignorant views on women and what we are capable of; and I think these stereotypes and prejudices have a lot to do with the lack of females majoring in these fields.
I mean, I think there are other factors that contribute to the issue (i.e. our priorities - unfortunately education is not a priority for many kids today)
eta: I think it'll be a great idea to start brainstorming initiatives to encourage not only females, but female minorities, to enter these fields. I do know women who professionals in the STEM field, but not many are AA - majority are all females from Southeast Asia (India, Pakistan, etc)
Edited by purpulicious01 - Jan 18 2014 at 3:11pm