PARIS: Women are being put off careers in science by stereotypes and are less than half as likely as men to apply for degrees in the field, said a study published Wednesday.
A young woman in Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Spain and the United States has on average a 35 percent probability to enrol in a scientific undergraduate degree, compared to a 77 percent chance for young men, the research found.
“Parity is still far from being reached,” said the report by The Boston Consulting Group, blaming the disparity on pervasive “stereotypes” about the sector.
The proportion of women engaged in scientific research has risen by three percentage points since the 1990s to 29 percent of the workforce, the data showed.
But women are on average only a third as likely as a man to graduate with a science doctorate.