'What About the Women?' Asks Coursera

COURSERA'S FEMALE STUDENTS: Coursera celebrated International Women's Day (March 8) by sharing insights about its female students, who make up 40% of its users. Among countries, Romania currently has the highest proportion of female students (nearly 50%), followed by Greece and Canada. (The U.S. ranks fifth at approximately 42%). Courses about food and nutrition, teacher PD, and medicine were the most popular, while computer science and engineering ranked at the bottom. (Sigh.) Also illuminating is the data on the fraction of students at a given age who are female, which in India dips significantly at age 20 but spikes again at age 50. "Female Courserans themselves are living proof of how online education empowers women," writes the authors.

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