Women flock to STEM careers, but drop out sooner than men

Harvard Business Review explores what it will take to keep women in STEM careers.
By Bernie Monegain
10:04 AM

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, Athena Vongalis-Macrow, considers what it will take to keep women in STEM careers.

It turns out that women do go for these well-paid and rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and math, but they drop out at a rate greater than their male counterparts.

The gender breakdown of students entering these fields, it’s about 60 percent male and 40 percent female, but by the time careers reach leadership levels as few as 15 percent of these women remain, according to some estimates.

Vongalis-Macrow explores why. She finds several reasons why, not the least of which is that women are paid less, promoted less and are rarely assigned significant work.

The author puts forth ways that might address the situation.

Read the HBR article here.