Study: Kids stereotype tech as being for boys and not girls – but not for the reason you might expect

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      The results suggest that the efforts to attract more girls to computer science and engineering should not only focus on showing girls that they can be intellectually successful in these areas. The efforts need to convince them that they want to try it in the first place, that these are subjects that are appealing to girls like themselves.

      The peer-reviewed research was published online last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The other authors are UW psychology professors Andrew Meltzoff and Sapna Cheryan; Meltzoff is also co-director of the UW’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences.

      Master suggested that parents and teachers think about the messages they’re sending kids. That includes explicit statements, as well as the activities they’re encouraging girls to engage in, such as classes, summer camps and after school clubs. The research found that the stereotypes held true across race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. The study was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, and the Bezos Family Foundation.

      A 2017 study by the same group of researchers demonstrated that by first grade, children are already embracing stereotypes around abilities, believing that boys are better than girls at robotics and programming. At the same time, the kids said that girls and boys were equally good or their own gender was better at math and other sciences.

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      “Women are better suited for domestic rolls, like waitress and being baby sitters and house wives. Men at running noisy machinery. Women, office work. Men, supervising them.”

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      The statistics go both ways. In other words, there are male dominated fields and there are also female dominated fields. The focus is always on the question of why there are few women in tech, but perhaps if you want to get to the bottom of the bigger problem, we should ALSO ask why so few men are in female-dominated careers. Women make up 90% of Registered Nurses, 90% of dental assistants, 80% of social workers, 80% of elementary school teachers, 70% of psychologists, etc.. The point here is that this is a much broader issue involving gender roles and stereotypes when it comes to our career choices. Society has for a very long time attached a gender to each job title that is out there. And we still do this today whether we are conscious of it or not. And tech isn’t the only place this happens.

      If you go to a child, even one who is very young, and ask them to draw a picture of a police officer and a teacher. They will almost always draw the police officer as male and the teacher as female. So this is something that is ingrained extremely early in social development.

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