Content by Dawn A. Lissy
The allure and prestige of the medical field permeates our popular culture. For decades, women have tuned in to soap operas set in hospitals. In more recent small screen history, dramas such as “ER” and “Grey’s Anatomy” struck ratings gold for the networks.
The shows portray strong, beautiful, intelligent female characters living on their own terms, making lots of money and saving lives.
The popularity of those shows may be linked to the significant increase of women in the medical field—roughly half of all medical students are female, said Jenni Buckley, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware. Buckley, also co-founder of the Perry Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to drawing more females into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), closely studies the numbers of how and when women enter STEM-related fields.