More kids are visualizing women as scientists today

Apr 18, 2018, 8:21 AM EDT
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(Source: Ole./flickr)

A “Draw-a-Scientist” study, which compiled information from five decades, concluded that school kids in the U.S. visualize female scientists more often today than what they did decades ago.

The study, published in “Child Development,” deciphers an interesting pattern in kids’ visualization of scientists, reports Mashable.At kindergarten level, the drawings feature roughly equal share of male and female scientists, but gender stereotypes and perceived cultural norms take over as children grow, shrinking the frequency of women scientists in drawings.

The study is encouraging for the advocates of gender diversity and representation but it reflects that gender stereotypes in science continue to thrive with male scientist image etched in most of the kids’ minds, notes Smithsonian.com.

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