More women in a STEM field leads people to label it as a ‘soft science,’ according to new research

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One factor that influences the use of the labels “soft science” or “hard science” is gender bias, according to recent research my colleagues and I conducted.

Women’s participation varies across STEM disciplines. While women have nearly reached gender parity in biomedical sciences, they still make up only about 18% of students receiving undergraduate degrees in computer science, for instance.

In a series of…

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News Source: https://phys.org/news/2022-01-women-stem-field-people-soft.html