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June 16, 2014 AT 12:00 am

Percentage of Bachelor’s degrees conferred to women, by major (1970-2012)

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Percentage of Bachelor’s degrees conferred to women, by major (1970-2012) – Randal S. Olson.

One oft-cited problem with Computer Science is its glaring gender disparity: In a given Computer Science class, men will outnumber women as much as 8 to 2 (20% women). This stands in stark contrast to most other college majors, which have women outnumbering men 3 to 2 on average (60% women). This observation made me wonder: Are other STEM majors suffering the same gender disparity? To get at that question, I checked into the NCES 2013 Digest of Education Statistics and looked at the gender breakdown from 1970-2012 for every major they report on. I charted the data below to offer a bird’s eye view of the trends.


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1 Comment

  1. I couldn’t help but notice the sharp rise in computer science degrees from 1970 untill 1982 (37%) then it starts to drop.
    Do you have any idea why?

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