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What is the most popular STEM major for girls What is the least popular STEM major for girls?

I tried googling this, but nothing came up. Are girls more prone to joining technology majors, less prone to joining math majors, etc,

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Caitriona’s Answer

Hi Genevieve

I am from the UK and I studied Biology and Chemistry in my last years of school, then did Biological Science at university (or college, in the US).

Not many people did my specific course (about 40), but I would say over half were women! So don't worry!

Of course some subjects the difference is much more stark: I know friends that did engineering and maths found there were lots more men. But: this means you are unique when it comes to getting a job after graduating, as many companies specifically want to employ under-represented groups in STEM. This may mean the work cultures aren't as inclusive, but not always: many organisations are working hard to employ more diverse candidates and welcome them inclusively.

Also, even if you study STEM, it doesn't mean your whole career will be in that field.

Unfortunately it's hard to know which subjects have more or less women - but individual courses, departments or universities/colleges might publish their statistics - so check there if you are interested in anything specific. I would follow your intuition on what you're interested in, regardless of gender presence.

And don't worry, you can make friends outside of your course too. Good luck choosing!
Thank you comment icon Thank you! :) Genevieve
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Hassan’s Answer

https://www.stemwomen.com/women-in-stem-percentages-of-women-in-stem-statistics, https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2017/nsf17310/digest/fod-women/, and https://www.forbes.com/sites/markkantrowitz/2022/04/07/women-achieve-gains-in-stem-fields/?sh=32c646415ac5 have some interesting stats on this.

Taking the full range of STEM classes in High School could help you understand what you're interested in and help prepare you for college.

It may even be beneficial for your career to enter a field that is less popular with women. Many companies are aiming to achieve a diverse workforce and hiring women is a focus. So it may help you find a job and advance, if you have skills and a degree in a field with fewer women.
Thank you comment icon Thanks for the advice and resources Hassan! Genevieve
Thank you comment icon You may want to look for resources like https://www.teachthought.com/technology/stem-resources-for-women/ and https://www.aauw.org/resources/research/the-stem-gap/ to potentially help you on your journey. My daughter just got her degree in Software Engineering and had joined https://swe.org/. Hassan Al
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