A common myth about why so few women can be found in science, technology, engineering and math fields, particularly in senior positions, is that women are too preoccupied with getting married and having children, that, even when they have the credentials, they stop pursuing STEM job opportunities, Kimberly Lawson reminds us.

But a new study shows that women who decide to focus on their careers first and delay marriage and having children are “no more likely to land jobs in STEM fields than women who didn’t,” notes Lawson.

“Today, more women are graduating with degrees in STEM than ever before…Yet education isn’t translating to the workforce, creating a gap some call the ‘leaking pipeline.'”

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