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More Than 30% of Female Tech Students Drop Tech as Undergrads

By Computer Weekly

February 13, 2023

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A McKinsey study found 31% of schoolgirls in Europe studying information science, computer science, and technology do not continue with these subjects in university, nor do 18% of schoolgirls taking science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects.

The number of girls taking STEM subjects falls 18% between school and university, and another 15% between university and the workplace, McKinsey estimates. A lack of encouragement by teachers, peers, or parents, as well as conscious and unconscious bias, cause girls' interest and confidence in pursuing such subjects to flag, the study says.

McKinsey suggests that addressing workplace bias, focusing on retention, reskilling, and encouraging girls to pursue STEM classes could add 3.9 million women to Europe's tech workforce by 3.9 million by 2027.

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