Imagine walking into a room and not seeing a single person that looks like you. Not seeing yourself reflected in your peers, and not feeling like you could possibly fit. For girls, this is unfortunately still the case for many who are interested in pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
The invasion of enterprise technology into the telecom sector will likely bring with it greater gender diversity. There are more women in enterprise IT than in the telecom industry, and as the two worlds collide, there's hope that workers of the female persuasion will also start filtering into telecom.
To help raise awareness about opportunities, organizations like Inforum and Bosch Community Foundation are stepping up with new programs unveiled this week to expose more girls and boys to STEM careers. Inforum launched its mentoring program called inSTEM, which is aimed at encouraging more women to serve as mentors to young girls.
Stereotypes about girls studying and working in science, technology, engineering, and math fields are decades old. While girls play with dolls, boys are given Legos and trains, and then grow up to work at Microsoft and Google. Although this adage is something that is often accepted, it wasn’t fully understood at what age boys and girls begin to deviate in terms of interest in STEM fields and their self-confidence about performing in those fields.
She's an entrepreneur, a champion of STEM education for girls and a literal rocket scientist. And now she's in charge of the Girl Scouts. Sylvia Acevedo is taking over as permanent CEO of the organization at a time when membership has just stabilized after years of decline. About 2.5 million girls are involved.
A cadre of professors and researchers from Miami-based Florida International University and physics-oriented institutions from around the country are joining forces to help promote physics as a career path to young women, thanks to a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
Dozens of young girls spend an hour of their school day sitting engrossed on computers at a Hamilton elementary, working to crack the code to later success in technology studies and perhaps even careers. Welcome to Highland Elementary’s “Girls Who Code” club -- a first-year experiment in teaching young girls computer program coding -- and one of the growing local examples of a booming national trend of exposing young students to creative aspects of computer science.
I’ve seen firsthand how an education in math or science can change a family’s story in one generation. That’s why I wrote my master’s thesis on Latinas in STEM and launched the Eva Longoria Foundation to enable more Latinas to break the cycle of poverty. Since 2013, my foundation’s STEM education programs have helped more than 1,600 young women develop technology skills.
For Sylvia Acevedo, interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, a degree in engineering wasn't an obvious path. Today she encourages other young girls to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and advises them not to be daunted by the fact that you could be the only girl in the classroom.
Toxic workplaces -- where harassment, stereotyping and bullying occur -- are driving away women and people of color, undercutting technology companies' efforts to increase diversity and costing an estimated $16 billion a year.