Is keeping more women in STEM more important than getting more girls in STEM?

Is keeping more women in STEM more important than getting more girls in STEM?

There is a problem with retaining an interest in STEM for the female gender in general. It is sometimes called the “leaking bucket theory in STEM.” We have a situation where only 28% of women make up the workforce in STEM jobs. Studies also show that more than 40% of women leave STEM jobs in just five years of starting. ⠀

However, today we have over 50% women representation in undergraduate STEM degree programs in the US, which is impressive. But when you juxtapose that with the female retainer level at the career level, you see a broader picture. So, it seems that the bucket leaks very much at the career phase.⠀

So the question now is, “ Do you think keeping women in STEM is more important than getting more girls in STEM?” We would like to hear your opinion.⠀

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