Congress, STEM, and Space

AIP FYI #83: Mickelson, Ride Bring STEM to the Hill

"On the subject of women in the sciences, Ride said, "the number of women are still lagging behind the number of men, particularly in physics, which is my field, and engineering." Ride noted that statistics indicate elementary school students are very interested in science, but female students somewhat less so. Explaining the importance of these figures, Ride said, "In fourth grade fully two-thirds of our kids still like science, the schools haven't beaten it out of them yet." She continued, "starting at about fifth grade, sixth grade, seventh grade, we start to loose both the boys and the girls, but we loose girls at greater numbers than boys." Ride suggested that the reason girls lose interest in science is because of the messages society sends to girls that they internalize and feel discouraged by."

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