In Dating Woes for Women in Tech, Alizah Solario of The Daily Beast describes how STEM women have a particularly hard time straddling the line between smart and sexy. (I was interviewed for the article and was quoted – more on that in a bit.)
Solario notes that although the number of women in STEM fields has doubled in the last 20 years, they are still less than a third of STEM PhDs.
One reason for the striking discrepancy? Cultural stereotypes about intelligence pull women away from science, according to a 2013 study in the journal Psychological Science. Researchers found that women who demonstrate an aptitude in STEM often opt out of the fields in favor of “typically female” professions, if they have broad academic talents.
I think this reasoning is faulty for two reasons. [Read more...]