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For women, lower grades might mean more money

Published: Tuesday, March 11 2014 2:52 p.m. MDT

The college majors that tend to lead to the most profitable professions are also the stingiest about awarding A’s.

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Settling for less (when it comes to grade point average) could be financially beneficial for women, The Washington Post’s Cathrine Rampell argues.

“The college majors that tend to lead to the most profitable professions are also the stingiest about awarding A’s,” Rampell wrote on Monday, citing new data that suggests the tendency to prefer straight A’s may be steering some women away from STEM majors and subsequently STEM jobs.

“I fear that women are dropping out of fields such as math and computer science not because they’ve discovered passions elsewhere, but because they fear delivering imperfection in the 'hard' fields that they (and potential employers) genuinely love,” Rampell writes. “If women want to compete with the big boys in the disciplines and professions where men continue to dominate, we need to overcome our B-phobia.”

Read the rest of the article at The Washington Post.

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