Why are the number of women in forensic science higher compared to other STEM fields?

Why are the number of women in forensic science higher compared to other STEM fields?

It's been an established fact that women have not gone into the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) in large numbers. While in recent years that is starting to change, we all have a long way to go until those numbers approach acceptability. Forensic science has proven to be an exception. The Penn State Forensic Science program has a robust enrollment with over 70% women. Professor Jenifer Smith, retired DNA analyst and special agent for the FBI, weighs in on why the numbers are so high in this field at Penn State and other campuses around the country.