Negative micromessages can result from different types of biases related to race, (dis)ability, religion, age, gender, sexual identity, and more. In this module we pay specific attention to gender bias manifested in STEM careers.
Try the following “Startling Statements” activity to understand why the focus on STEM careers is critical and necessary. It is expected that you may not know the answers to these questions; make your best guesses and think about whether you are surprised by the answers.
The statistics in this activity were obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey. More startling statements on STEM can be found in this NAPE handout (PDF document).