Women can rule the world

Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.


It has often been said that it's a man's world. As much I hate to admit it, this does seem to be the case. The majority of high paying professional jobs in America are filled predominantly by men. Men run the businesses; they run the government and, it appears, they run the world. Women, however, are just as capable of excellence in fields that are predominately male. I am a young woman interested in studying mathematics, an area traditionally dominated by males. This does not discourage me. Instead, it gives me more motivation to achieve my goals.

While researching information about actuarial science, my future career, I was appalled to see that in a field with over 15,000 people, less than 2,000 are women. This means that the actuarial field is almost 87% male. I was even more surprised to see that, on average, only 35% of the number of students who graduate from college with a degree in mathematics were female. This trend is even evident in my AP Calculus class, where only a third of the students are female. Now I realize why I receive the looks of disbelief when I tell people that I want to study math. Looking back on past classes, I've noticed a disheartening trend. Girls are disappearing from advanced math...

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