U.S. children mostly depict female scientists than ever observed, says a recent analysis for five decades of asking students to ‘draw a scientist’s 1960.
A team of researchers from the Northwestern University conducted the research suggesting that the stereotypes of children that link men with science seemed to be weakened by the time. The research team has been agreeing that more women become scientists, while the media dedicated to kids are mostly use to depict more scientists as women in the various magazines, media and television shows.
Leading author of the study and a psychology Ph.D. candidate, David Miller from the Northwestern University said in a statement that, “Given this change in stereotypes, girls in recent years might now develop interests in science more freely than before. Prior studies have suggested that these gender-science stereotypes could shape girls’ interests in science-related activities and careers.”
Evidences of the new research have been disclosed in the bimonthly academic journal – Child Development. Researchers said that the tendency of children during their middle or elementary school of drawing male scientists was observed to be increased in the previous analysis according to their growing age.
Alice Eagly, study co-author, professor of psychology at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences of the Northwestern University and a faculty member of Policy Research with the University’s Institute said that, “Our results suggest that children’s stereotypes change as women’s and men’s roles change in society. Children still draw more male than female scientists in recent studies, but that is expected because women remain a minority in several science fields.”