What the heck is going on here?
The American Society of Engineering Education says the percentage of undergrad engineering degrees that went to women hit a 15-year low in 2009 at 17.8 percent.
The Association of American Medical Colleges finds that the percentage of medical school applicants who are women has been declining since 2003(from 50.8% to 47.3%) as has been the percentage of medical students who are women (from 49.6% to 47%)
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research reports that the percentage of associate’s degrees awarded to women by STEM field between 2000-2001 and 2008-09 has declined for every field except biomedical and biological sciences where it has stayed constant. Not only that between 2000–2001 and 2008–2009, the number of women earning short-term certificates (requiring less than one year to complete) and medium-term certificates (requiring at least one year but less than two years to complete) in STEM fields declined by half.
Folks we have a problem- a big one!