How the Gender Gap in STEM Might Get its Start in Elementary School

November 03, 2019

A new study offers evidence that the disparity might be getting its start in elementary school classrooms. The paper offers data from a single district, but the pattern it uncovers is striking. Girls are less likely to be nominated for, selected for, and continue in the district’s advanced math program. Despite their comparable math scores, the program loses girls at every step -- a phenomenon that could contribute to fewer women entering math-focused fields later in life.