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

This article was written by Dr. Randal S. Olson from his own blog. Dr. Randal S. Olson is a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Jason H. Moore at the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Biomedical Informatics. He specializes in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data visualization, and regularly write about his latest work on his personal blog. 

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 him wonder: Are other STEM majors suffering the same gender disparity?

To get at that question, he checked into the NCES 2013 Digest of Education Statistics and looked at the gender breakdown from 1970-2012 for every major they report on. He charted the data below to offer a bird’s eye view of the trends.

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