Representation Of Women Essay

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In spite of the developments that have occurred among various industries, it shows that the under-representation of women is still existent, especially in the field of science and technology. A myriad of causes and links can aggravate the gender gaps that are situated in the households, school settings, workplace environment and the actual society. Prejudice and societal perspectives have become major causes of unequal opportunities and choices that are offered to men and women in the field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Females, as early as childhood until adult stages, have been continuously exposed to societal issues that favor males than females. These perspectives are also inherited in the household, as parents support…show more content…
In fact, African universities have reported that 34 percent of women studies biological sciences. 13% studies chemistry. 11% pursues courses in food science and nutrition. 10% is related in medicine and 6% studies agriculture. These percentages depict the “under-representation” of women in the fields of science and technology (Mzumngaile, cited in Dickson, 2002). Moreover, according to the report presented by the US Department of Commerce, more than 50% of the total jobs in the country is taken by females. However, only 25% of them is in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (Stem), regardless of the 33% more value in the average salary of other industries (Knight, 2011). Reports also show that on average, men get higher salaries than women. Work expectations among men is also higher as compared to women (Hays & Farhar, 2000, p. 20). The report also indicates that for all those students who have graduated Stem, less women will pursue and advance in jobs in related fields. 40% of men who graduate Stem work in this field, while only 26% of female students get the job after completing studies (Knight,

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