If you've been following the news, the question of 'how to get girls into STEM' is a big topic. Want to see what the experts are saying?
CNN asks: How do we get girls into STEM?
Just one in seven engineers are female, only 27% of all computer science jobs are held by women, and "women have seen no employment growth in STEM jobs since 2000". Women who work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, and those who campaign for higher numbers of women in these fields, think they have some solutions to this growing problem.
Find out what they think here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/27/world/europe/how-to-get-girls/
Forbes magazine poses the question: STEM Fields And The Gender Gap: Where Are The Women?
The STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—have always had a woman problem. Men tend to dominate in the tech industry, and for women, the numbers aren’t growing. A 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Commerce found only one in seven engineers is female. Additionally, women have seen no employment growth in STEM jobs since 2000.
The problem starts as early as grade school. Young girls are rarely encouraged to pursue math and science, which is problematic considering studies show a lack of belief in intellectual growth can actually inhibit it. In addition, there exists an unconscious bias that science and math are typically “male” fields while humanities and arts are primarily “female” fields, and these stereotypes further inhibit girls’ likelihood of cultivating an interest in math and science.
Read the article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2012/06/20/stem-fields-and-the-gender-gap-where-are-the-women/
National Geographic recently shared Why It's Crucial to Get More Women Into Science
It's not that women aren't wanted. "I don't know any institution today that is not trying to hire more women scientists and engineers," says one science historian. But many cultural forces continue to stand in the way—ranging from girls being steered toward other professions from an early age and gender bias and sexual harassment in the workplace to the potentially career-stalling effects on women of having children.
So what difference does it make when there is a lack of women in science? For one, it means women might not get the quality of health care that men receive.
Read the article here: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/141107-gender-studies-women-scientific-research-feminist
Fast Company shared the following infographic (by Lucidworks) on The Tech Gender Gap
Women that choose careers in technology and other STEM fields are pivotal to technological innovation but they are increasing relegated to the sidelines inside their own organizations. Here’s a snapshot of the gender gap in technology and how it compares to the rest of the workforce – and why we should reprogram the gender balance:
Read the article here: http://www.fastcompany.com/3039282/strong-female-lead/the-tech-gender-gap-visualized#2