Addressing the gender gap in the context of other variables such as ethnicity and class is important to encouraging more women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, writes Nicole Else-Quest, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Maryland, in this blog post. These variables must be addressed together rather than separately to encourage more women in STEM careers, she writes. "We don't think of ourselves as only having gender or only having race. We think of ourselves as multifaceted and complex individuals - because we are multifaceted and complex individuals."

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