New study explores reasons of women’s underrepresentation in STEM

A new study by Stoet and Geary (2018) suggests that students may be influenced in their career choices by their “understanding of their relative academic strengths as well as their confidence and interest in science. [...] many high-performing girls may not pursue a career in science, even if they are capable of succeeding in it, because they are likely to be top of the class in non-science subjects too”. The authors based their research on three indicators: the Global Gender Equality Index, Women among STEM graduates and Relative performance or academic strength in PISA 2015.

The most important findings of the study are included in a short policy paper produced by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).