Gender Equality

Infographic: Are stereotypes keeping women away from science?

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are fields showing a particularly strong gender imbalance. This should concern us both because we effectively lose the resources women could bring to the challenges that these fields will solve, and because STEM careers pay relatively well and the absence of women in these areas contributes to an overall skewing of income levels between men and women.

Many important facts are brought out in this wonderful infographic put together by the New Jersey Institute of Technology Master’s in Computer Science program, and first reported on (to my knowledge) at the Infographic Journal by Irma Wallace.

The prejudices against hiring women into STEM fields have recently been explored in new ways, as reported in the article “How stereotypes impair women’s careers in science” that is summarized in When women are good at math, they still don’t get hired!

Enjoy this infographic — and share the hard work of the good folks at NJIT with others. It deserves to be seen!


My interest in moving universities towards balance encompasses gender equality, the communication of scientific results, promoting research-based education and leadership development more generally. Read more



  • i find women in the scientific community far more likely to respond and respond well than men. Perhaps it has something to do with the stifling academic world beset by insular groupings often completely closed to new ideas and the consequences of stifling important research and ideas.

  • Mike Loyd says:

    I don’the get the point of it all. Who is going to fix this problem. I’ve been flooding my 10 year old daughter with STEM her entire life and when asked what she wants to do…you guessed it…be a famous singer. As a father I want to believe that there is no difference in males and females but in reality it doesn’t play out so well. My six year old son exceeds her in everything related to the STEM fields and I’m at a loss of what to do now.

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