The Gender Gap In STEM Exists, With Women Often Ahead: Study


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A new study released Monday from the American Enterprise Institute hammers liberal talking points that men dominate the various fields of STEM.

According to Mark J. Perry who analyzed college graduation rates in 2016, women earned over 57 percent of bachelor’s degrees, setting a 25.6-percent gender gap against men.

“There were 134 women graduating from college [in 2016] for every 100 men,” Perry said, citing U.S. Department of Education data.

But particularly in several STEM fields, women are even further ahead, earning around 60 percent of biology degrees. (RELATED: Global Study Finds Gender Wage Gap Close To Zero)

“If you count just biology, mathematics, and physical sciences (e.g., chemistry, physics, etc.) women earn a majority (53 percent) of those of those STEM degrees,” Perry said. “It’s really only when you include engineering and computer science that men have an overall majority of STEM degrees.”

Perry noted the upward trend of women earning the majority of bachelor’s degrees in the U.S., which began in 1982: “Women now have an uninterrupted 35-year record.”

And while data is not yet available on specific fields for 2017, the DOE reports that women earned 57.3 percent of all bachelor’s degrees that year.

Other fields where women earned the majority of degrees include family and consumer sciences (88.3 percent), social services (82.5 percent), agriculture (52.4 percent).