I don't like the whole "Get women in STEM!" If they want to then they will and bringing focus to them will only distract from the achievements they achieve like in this. -Rant over-
@Charlemagne, that argument seems to make sense on the surface. But, interest is generally defined by opportunities provided. If there are few opportunities, women will not want to go into the field. Interest and opportunity are interrelated. That's why the initiative exists at all
@Charlemagne, STEM is more about education of young women that they can go into these fields if they want and f*ck society. As a girl who wanted a chem set and got dolls, and was the only girl on a mechanics course before the guys made me feel unwelcome, I totally get it.
@Deer Jesus, I think it's more like opportunities provided is defined by interest tbh
@Charlemagne, The issue pointed out here is that when a scientist (or any other highly competent person) is being interviewed, a man never gets questions like this whilst a women gets it far to often.
@Rapunzel, oh no I understand. I just meant having the whole program of trying to get women into s.t.e.m. is silly as it brings focus to the women in the sciences sex already. If there wasn't the whole "Get women in stem!" Then people wouldn't be focusing on just women being in it so they'd get less of these unrelated questions. That's my thoughts at least. Sort of confusing to explain
@Charlemagne, Yeah, I'm really tired of that sort of thing too. It would be better to get kids interested in science really early & make the colleges and universitys more welcoming for everybody.
@Rapunzel, Completely agree. I'm currently majoring in comp science and physics and there really aren't a lot of females in this. I've always wished we would teach kids about science at a young age and idolize great scientists instead of movie stars. Sadly that will never happen so we must take it upon ourselves to influence the minds of the young people around us separately.
@Charlemagne, I must say that Mythbusters actually did a really good job with getting kids interested in science.
@Rapunzel, Loved that show. I'm sad it ended. I always watched that when I was younger and I can say it got me interested. We need more shows like that
@Charlemagne, you opened up a can of internet cancer I mean Buzzfeed
@Charlemagne, much like most of the social justice movement they set standards that you either have to conform to and fit in or oppose and be worse than hitler. If you're in the middle and don't pick a side then you're "part of the problem"
@RAM Card, I wish it was that simple, but unfortunately it really isn't. Women in STEM fields often have to deal with management thinking they can't do what their male colleagues do, and that can be a pretty big deterrent, because it can mean not being picked for certain projects, grants, etc even when they're the ones who deserved it. Additionally, there are other factors as well.
Take computer science for example: in the 60s (I may have the decade wrong, but it was definitely earlier than the 80s) women made up around 30% of that field. Considering that it's a STEM field, and this was 50 years ago, that's actually really impressive. But once computers really started being marketed for consumers, that all changed, because the target audience was all male. Parents bought computers for their sons, not their daughters. As a result, women's interest in computer science plummeted, because computers were seen as something for men, not women. There have been way fewer women in cs ever since
@DrAwesome37, well even if interest is caused by opportunity, I think it's stupid and really demeaning that we constantly encourage women to enter fields they are not interested in, and praise them for doing so, and have a handful of organizations that begin with "Women in (enter male dominated field here)"
@RAM Card, I think the assumption here is that if we encourage women to enter a field they're not interested in, they don't do it because they're not interested. I'm sure it doesn't always hold true, but I'm willing to bet that it often does. Additionally, that encouragement is really there to get women to consider that opportunity. You'll never show interest in an opportunity you don't consider, and if it weren't for that encouragement, I bet there are a lot of people who wouldn't have even considered that opportunity.
@Charlemagne, Women in STEM are often harassed and undervalued. The idea is to get more women into the field and make it a more normal happenstance. Rather than this odd thing men can poke at and bring up at every opportunity to devalue them.
@tha5th, what's it like to be a woman in your field?
How does it feel to be a hand in your field?
Like the slow eating away of ones brain
My dad has a brain tumor. Honestly, the people we've been seeing have been a pretty even split between women and men. It doesn't seem like the women let their gender define them either. They're some of the top in their field and they represent
Girls are funny, get over it
"Did you just assume my gender?!?!"
Like being a woman any other time, how does it feel to make inconsequential details your lifetime focus?
AAAAAAAAAAAAW brain tumor.