That experience ultimately united my passion for technology with a passion for people. And for more than two decades, I've enjoyed a career that's embodied both of these passions. I'm happy with how everything turned out, but it sure would have been nice to bring those passions together a lot sooner! If I could talk with my younger self, I'd share these seven lessons I've learned
I explained to my first-grader that I was thinking about the main points I cover whenever I gush about STEM, and I asked her if she could tell me. What was getting through to her? It was a test more for me than it was for her. I felt if my message hadn't gotten through to her, I probably needed to refine it. Here's what she told me.
I don't believe that girls are turned off by STEM because it's hard or simply because girls think they're bad at math. Girls aren't wimps or wilting flowers; they don't shrink from challenges just because something isn't a strength. We, as a culture, just aren't doing a very good job of selling tech to girls.