Gender gap in STEM fields proving difficult to close, say experts, census data

MONTREAL _ In the basement of McGill University’s engineering building, Elizabeth O’Meara punches the word “engineer” into a Google Image search and watches the screen fill with pictures of men in construction helmets.

“It’s kind of disgraceful,” O’Meara tells her audience, a group of Grade 11 students she’s hoping to encourage to pursue her own field of study. “Not everyone wears hard hats in engineering.

“And also, they’re all dudes. They’re also all white.”

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