There are incredible opportunities available for workers willing to attain the necessary skills. Despite that, few bachelor’s degrees in computing or engineering awarded in 2017 went to women. The totals stood at just about 17% for computer science and 27.2% for general engineering. What’s the cause of this achievement gap in STEM-related fields? National math tests and science exams produce very similar scores for boys and girls between the fourth and eighth grades. Once students reach high school, though, the paths start to diverge.