The Atlantic: In Free Countries, Less Women Choose to Study Science and Math

Graduates of Baruch College participate in a commencement program at Barclays Center, Monday, June 5, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

A report from the Atlantic suggests that women in free countries are less likely to study science and math.

A report from the Atlantic introduces an unusual gender paradox. According to statistics, women in free countries are less likely to pursue a career in the STEM fields, such as science, engineering, and math.

Though their numbers are growing, only 27 percent of all students taking the AP Computer Science exam in the United States are female. The gender gap only grows worse from there: Just 18 percent of American computer-science college degrees go to women. This is in the United States, where many college men proudly describe themselves as “male feminists” and girls are taught they can be anything they want to be.

The report contrasts these statistics with those of Algeria, a country overwhelmed with anti-female discrimination in employment practices. In Algeria, 41 percent of college graduates in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and math, are female.

Meanwhile, in Algeria, 41 percent of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math—or “stem,” as it’s known—are female. There, employment discrimination against women is rife and women are often pressured to make amends with their abusive husbands.

Additionally, the report notes that Jordan, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates are the only countries in which young boys are less comfortable than young girls with mathematics.

According to a report I covered a few years ago, Jordan, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates were the only three countries in which boys are significantly less likely to feel comfortable working on math problems than girls are. In all of the other nations surveyed, girls were more likely to say they feel “helpless while performing a math problem.”

Breitbart News has reported that women are vastly out-earning men with regards to college degrees. Females are earning more degrees than men at nearly every level of academia. There are 134 females earning a bachelor’s degree for every 100 males. There are 140 females earning master’s degrees for every 100 males. There are 109 females earning doctorate degrees for every 100 males. According to current indicators, 60 percent of all college degrees will be awarded to women by 2026.

 

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