Women are now the majority of all science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduate students in America, according to a new study.
The new trend is the same for bachelor’s degrees as well, allowing the study’s author to conclude women are “over-represented” in these programs.
“In fact, according to several measures, women are actually slightly over-represented in STEM graduate programs and earn a majority of STEM college degrees,” said professor Mark J. Perry.
Due to “health and medical sciences” being included in STEM fields, women’s sheer volume of enrollment and almost 80% enrollment rate largely contributed to their 50.6% majority share.
Correspondingly, women also have a greater enrollment rate in “biological and agricultural sciences,” but to a lesser degree (55% female).
Conversely, men dominate the “engineering” subcategory of STEM fields at 75% and choose to enroll in greater numbers in math, computer science, and earth sciences than their female counterparts.