Science & Technology

STEM Fields With More Women Often Dismissed as ‘Soft Science'

BP World Bureau | Jan 26 2022 09:11:41 AM
Image credits: pinterest

STEM fields that had more women participants in both theory and practical approaches are often dismissed as 'soft science,' according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Areas like chemistry, sociology, and biomedical sciences were categorized as 'soft' whereas historically male-dominated professions like 'computer science' are regarded as 'hard science.'
“Stereotypes about women and STEM persist, even in the face of evidence that women can and do productively participate in STEM fields,” said Alysson Light, co-author and a professor of behavioral and social sciences.
For the study, researchers conducted a series of experiments to gauge how people perceive women’s participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths).
Another study revealed that men tend to be less interested in pursuing a particular discipline if women make up the majority of the graduate students.
"Label of ‘soft science’ might be a turnoff for high-achieving students who want to prove their strengths," revealed the study which was published in 2007.