Participation Rates by Gender in Economics, the Social Sciences, and STEM fields

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Summary:The data above demonstrates the significant differences in female representation between Economics, the STEM fields, and the Social Sciences. While women are only awarded 30 percent of the undergraduate degrees in Economics, they are awarded about 54 percent of undergraduate degrees in the Social Sciences* and 52 percent of the degrees in STEM** fields. Unfortunately, this lack of female representation at the undergraduate level only shrinks the pool of women who will progress through the academic Economics pipeline (doctorate degrees, associate professors, ect.).

  • Psychology is not included
    • Other Life Sciences, such as environmental science, nursing, ect., is included in this data set.


U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System(IPEDS) Completions, 1995-2009 (Washington , D.C.: NCES, 2011). Created by data provided by WebCaspar.