Ever since I was little, I’ve loved solving math equations. I used to beg my family members on long car rides to quiz me on arithmetic – despite their eventual reluctance and annoyance. It always puzzled me how others didn’t find this same joy in mathematics, since I clearly loved the subject so much. As I got older, I noticed that other girls especially were critical of my interest in math and certainly didn’t relate. Now, as I enter college on the path to finding a major, the gap among males and females majoring in math has been even more prevalent.
To the right is my ‘selfie’ taken while doing math homework. Typically, girls tend to lean more towards employment in social work and interactive, non-math/science intensive jobs. I’m currently considering a major in statistics because of how much I enjoy calculating and evaluating stats, which are then interpreted for real-life scenarios to aid companies, businesses, etc. In this, I embody the defiance of such gender-based stereotype that men dominate the math-concentrated workforce.
I’m actively defying this gender-based stereotype despite the stigmas which exist because of influences such as the media and commonly discussed misconceptions of feminine and masculine traits. There seems to be some unspoken consensus that women aren’t fit for STEM jobs and would better society by doing something else. This consensus exists in spite of our written agreement of equal human rights for all American citizens, which remains unchanging regardless of difference in sex, race, culture, age, etc.
In Article 23, it states:
- Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
- Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
Clearly, our Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that people have the right to work without any kind of discrimination, including that of gender discrimination. Yet, in this job field, the distribution of male and female employees in STEM jobs is factually unequal.
(See Figure 1).
So, after considering this skewed distribution, do you feel like women have equal opportunity to join this specialized work field?
What other jobs might women feel disproportionate in? Have you noticed a minority of women in any other jobs? As well, what kind of jobs are disproportionate in their employment of men?
What are the reasons for these inequalities?
Feel free to COMMENT below and share your opinions! I challenge you also to post your own ‘selfie’ representing what kind of gender-based stereotypes you either embody/defy. Consider things like: appearance, skills, interests, etc.
If others have judged you based on some dissimilarity among the majority, question why those qualities exist stereotypically for either a majority of women or men. Are those justified?
“All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop those talents.” — John F. Kennedy
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