Girls have to have confidence to ask questions. And we have to foster and environment for that.
Many young girls experiment with makeup, however the majority never think about how it is made. A chemistry lab that illustrates how to make cosmetic goods, versus how to model an erupting volcano, could have a very significant impact on attracting women in STEM.
STEM jobs are on track for 17% growth between 2008 and 2018, compared to 9.8% for other jobs. Women are expected to fill less than a quarter of these jobs, in spite of making up 47% of the workforce
The number of women working in STEM has been stagnant since 2000. Retention is a bigger issue.
1820 academics from 30 disciplines at public and private universities, showed “an innate gift or talent” was a better predictor of success than was “motivation and sustained effort”
Seeing successful women who are two steps ahead of you really helps.
As baby boomers retire, US colleges and universities are not graduating enough talent to fill needed jobs in research labs, software centers, defense installations, science policy office, manufacturing shop floors and high tech start-ups.
Through 2018, the number of STEM jobs in the US will grow to 8 million, from 6.8 million in 2008.
The shortage of women in STEM speaks to an even bigger issue – the gap between the nations’ growing need for scientists, engineers, and other technically skilled workers, and it’s production of them. This dearth will impact every corner of life.
Retaining women in STEM careers is also a challenge. With women leaving STEM fields at a 45 percent higher rate then men, it’s critical to expose young girls to science projects that align with their unique interests.