Date of Completion
Honors College Thesis
Secondary Education: Mathematics
Carmen Petrick Smith
women, STEM fields, education
Women are highly underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field professions (Beede, Julian, Langdon, McKittrick, Khan, & Doms, 2011). This has been a persistent issue since the study of mathematics and science has begun. The problem is well documented by research and there have been several efforts to remedy this issue, yet men are still dominant forces in the STEM world (Eccles, 1994; Xie & Shauman, 2003; Roberts & Ayre, 2002). It is clear that we need more women in STEM professions, but in order to make this happen, we need to determine what factors impact their participation. This thesis analyzes the way the media, stereotype threat, education, and the work environment impact women in STEM, and it concludes with some ideas for the future.
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Gilbreath, Lila Carly, "Factors Impacting Women's Participation in STEM Fields" (2015). UVM Honors College Senior Theses. 65.