There is no STEM gap in ON: Watson

October 17, 2017

“Women [in Ontario] who come out of high school with the math and science prerequisites for STEM programs are only slightly less likely than men to go into such programs,” writes William Watson. The author notes that while it is true that only 30.3% of women university undergraduates are enrolled in STEM programs compared to 42.5% of men, the difference is due largely to the larger overall number of women attending university. Citing previous research on the topic, Watson argues that women make up roughly 49% of STEM students in ON universities. “If there is a problem,” Watson concludes, “it’s not that women aren’t interested in STEM; it’s that men aren’t interested in poetry—or languages or philosophy or art or all the other non-STEM subjects.” Windsor Star