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STEM Careers: Workshops Using Role Model Can Reduce Gender Stereotypes

Katharina Drescher, Simone Häckl and Julia Schmieder
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Simone Haeckl

DIW Weekly Report, 2020, vol. 10, issue 13, 193-201

Abstract: Women continue to be underrepresented in STEM occupations (science, technology, engineering, and math). Based on a survey among secondary school students in Vienna, we show, for instance, that girls’ career aspirations, interests, and self-assessed skills in STEM fields are related to gender stereo- types. Parents also play a crucial role in this context. Further results indicate that a half-day career guidance workshop, which confronts students with role models, can change gender-biased attitudes towards technology. This demonstrates that short, inexpensive interventions can be an effective way of fostering girls’ interest in STEM.

Keywords: STEM; gender stereotypes; role models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I24 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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