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Occupations and race; Minority women in the professions; Women--Vocational guidance; Women in science; Women in technology;


There have been numerous statistics showing that minorities including women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans, are least likely to choose careers in the science and technology field. Along with those studies have been possible reasons why they choose not to enter into the field. Reasons have ranged from lack of encouragement to people just telling them flat out that there is no possible way that they can succeed in the field.

This study found that African-American and Hispanic women do not choose careers in technology for many of the same reasons. As young children, some factors are the way teachers present math, science, and technology, lack of encouragement, and lack of role models. As women, they are not only dealing with social barriers from work and school, their family members play a major role in how successful women become.

The method used for this research was a one-on-one interview with four women who are in the field of math, science, and technology either by a program they are involved in or by teaching the subjects. Some questions were omitted from some interviews and other questions were added during the interview depending on the direction of the discussion. (See Appendix A) Although the responses given by the four ladies varied, they were similar in content. The answers were also similar to the content in the review of literature.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Sharon E. Smaldino


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