In light of the diversity reports coming out of the top tech companies in the country such as Google and Linkedin, we hope that we all can jump into STEM mentoring to make sure women and minorities have the skills needed for the jobs.
Putting aside the gender disparity in STEM fields at the beginning of the pipeline, we need to look at the rate that women persist through the pipeline.
It was an auspicious start for women in technology, but unfortunately, more than 170 years later, women remain woefully under-represented in technology and little funding is steered toward them.
What were all the boys who were running away from girls like me running toward, you might ask? Their glorious futures, of course. If boys wanted to fly, they had plenty of assistance.
Have you ever glanced at a photograph from years before and had a rush of emotion and memories come flooding into your remembrance? This happened to me when I saw my college graduation photos a few weeks ago.
One day in high school, somebody from Global Kids came to recruit people for a program called the Virtual Video Project. He said we could get a stipend, and we could work in the virtual world.
Imagine a world, though, where for every "fun" post there was a post that helped the world's most vulnerable population -- the impact that can have on awareness, fundraising and advocacy is exponential.
No matter how hard we try, we have yet to overcome the realities of what computer science, and STEM in general, means to the majority of young girls in their everyday lives: nothing.
The women in health care and life sciences are using their lives and successes to prove the boldest hypothesis of all: women can have it all, and scientific education for our girls might just be the key to that dream.
Google's big news about the diversity of their workforce is sending shockwaves through corporate and nonprofit America this week in a bold announcement by Google's SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock who shared on PBS that 17 percent of tech jobs at Google are filled by women and under 3 percent by minorities.
It seems that the answer-driven culture in schools, which has been conditioned by endless test-prep, has rubbed off on science teachers where the content should be approached by inquiry.
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Fewer than 60 percent of girls have met a woman in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) career. Maybe that is part of the reason why women represent only 14 percent of the engineering workforce. If there were more role models, how many more girls might be inspired to pursue a passion in engineering or start up a tech company?
If I remember correctly, most of those princess stories have the ladies facing down evil, running through forests and climbing towers -- and they manage to do it all in a dress.
In most countries, girls outperform boys in math. However, in the US, boys uniformly best girls. We are joined in the low-performing bottom three by Liechtenstein and Columbia. While we have the greater problem that math and science education in the US seriously lags that of other nations, we must face the fact that that lag is also the product of gender inequities.
Only after recently learning that her childhood experience is more atypical than typical, Flynn decided to do something to share her STEM passion with young girls.