Because teenaged girls generally avoid classes in physical sciences and advanced mathematics, they reduce their career options. Even highly talented young women do not pursue science in numbers proportionate to their share of the college student population.
One way of examining this problem of underrepresentation is to recognize that women have been effectively isolated from the kinds of encouragement, feedback and experiences that their brothers have had in family, educational, social and occupational situations. Independence in thought and action rarely wins praise for a girl, and mechanical as well as intellectual attainments are likely to get approval only if they are expressed in "feminine" arts and services. This "balkanization" of occupational choices and roles impoverishes many human endeavors.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 1982 by the Iowa Academy of Science
"Women in Science: A Developing Country,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 19
, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol19/iss2/10