What's The Problem?

       More women than ever are entering science and math-related professions.  Isn't that a good thing?

       Sure it is, but let's look at some research.

...from Voices: 
The Women's College Magazine at Santa Monica College

 http://www.smc.edu/voices/forerunner/archives/spring/s_2000/v1_1contents/sciencetechnology.htm

...from an article by Anita Price, Spring 2000

       While gender gaps in math and science have narrowed in the past six years, the 1998 American Association of University Women Educational Foundation report Gender Gaps: Where Schools Still Fail Our Children finds that a major new gender gap in technology has emerged. Girls tend to come to the classroom with less exposure to computers and believe that they are less adept at using technology. While boys program and problem-solve with computers, girls use computers for word processing - the 1990s version of typing. Further, only 17% of Advanced Placement test takers in computer science are girls. ....Gender Gaps found that when compared to boys, girls are at a significant disadvantage as technology is increasingly incorporated into the classroom.

       The information in the report was gathered by studying several hundred studies about education reform and gender differences.  It found that, in particular

...see the full report at this address:
    http://www.aauw.org/2000/ggprbd.html

       Also, according to a report by the Committee on the Status of Women in Computer Science and Engineering Research, the number of women entering the field has declined from 37% in 1984 to 19% in 1995.  The 1991 AAUW report Shortchanging Girls, Shortchanging America initiated a push to encourage more women to enter math and science fields.  Did this push move some females away from potential careers in technology, resulting in the statistic above?

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