Slight uptick in women pursuing STEM courses in Singapore

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics were traditionally seen as fields dominated by men. But this trend seems to be changing, with more young women pursuing these courses for higher studies.

Many are performing extremely well, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re taking up STEM careers.

Data from Singapore’s Ministry of Education shows that in 2019 girls accounted for 41 percent of the students in STEM, up from 38 percent in 2017. But despite this improvement, only about a third of the city state’s infocom workforce are women.

Globally too, UN data shows though women represent 45 percent of the students at the Bachelor’s level, less than 30 percent of the world’s researchers are female.

This talent “leak” is attributed to a variety of factors including gender stereotypes which results in female researchers being given smaller grants than their male counterparts, and a lack of strong female role models.

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