Wow! Shocking news, there are differences between men and women! Seriously, and meaning no disrespect to anyone's family, I am surprised by the number of men who generalize about all women based on their wives and daughters interest in observing.
I am really disappointed by the number of posts proclaiming women's lack of interest in science.
Back to my pink telescopes and feminine pursuits involving children and cooking.
I entered a totally male dominated profession Forestry in the early 1970's just as women were entering the profession.
In my graduating class of 40 there were six woman. By the mid-70's the numbers were up to 40%. Nobody even bats an eye nowadays at a female Forester.
Not sure why woman entered the Forestry profession and not Astronomy. The lower division science requirements are pretty stiff and the woman seemed to have no problem getting through them.
My theory based on a sample of ONE (my daughter). She took every math and science class in high school and got straight A's, while struggling in English and other liberal arts classes.
NONE of her classes or instructors got her excited about science as a career. She ended up taking liberal arts classes in college and dropping out because she was bored. So now she makes real good money selling advertising for a free newspaper in Seattle!! A waste of talent.
I do have a concern about professional schools attitude towards their students. The attitude on flunking students out really needs to be revised. There are not enough students in the STEM fields to throw them OUT!!
I was a junior college transfer to UC Berkeley and had real concerns about my ability to finish the program. I even asked the school dean about my chances for finishing. His response was that the weeding out was done at the lower division level with all those math and science classes. Once I was admitted to the upper division program the focus was on making sure I succeeded in graduating.
His point was STEM students are generally pretty bright and their is no point in flunking them out in upper division. In fact, it really is a stupid policy.
I suspect if more science and engineering schools took that attitude there might be more majors in those fields.
Also high school teachers need to spend more time getting kids excited about science. English is a boring major, but a science class should never be boring.