- To test whether certain fields are perceived as less hospitable to women and avoided by them for that reason.
- To test whether women and men anticipate the demands imposed by gender-specific parenthood roles and eschew majors that are incompatible with these either because majors do not provide the desired work-family balance, or not the earnings level necessary to fulfill the breadwinner role.
- To test whether women’s and men’s choices are constrained by friends’ and parents’ potential disapproval for sex-atypical choices.
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Attrition in STEM Fields at a Liberal Arts College: The Importance of Grades and Pre-Collegiate Preferences
To quantify the important factors responsible for the high attrition rates in STEM majors, particularly in relation to gender.