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What’s Holding Women Back?

By Richard Whitmire — July 18, 2010 1 min read
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That’s the headline atop an interesting New York Times discussion about why women are more hesitant than men in taking risks in business and technology -- an important topic considering the gender imbalances on campuses. With no leveling of those graduation gaps forecast in the near, or even distant, future, it’s important to steer more women into strategically important fields.

I take issue with the observation that girls begin to fade in STEM courses in middle school. My reading of the Advanced Placement data indicates that high schools are doing great job educating young women in the sciences. It’s what happens next, the personal decision making as the women enter college, that is so key.

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