Figure D-1. Female share of S&E graduate students, by field: 1991 and 2001
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering, 1991 and 2001.
Females constituted a greater percentage of graduate students in S&E in 2001 (41 percent) than in 1991 (34 percent).
- Females accounted for more than half of all graduate students in some science fields: in 2001, for example, females made up 74 percent of the graduate students in psychology, 54 percent in biological sciences, and 52 percent in social sciences.
- Roughly 30–40 percent of the graduate students in most other science fields were female.
- Females accounted for 20 percent of graduate students in engineering and 30 percent of graduate students in computer sciences in 2001.