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High-paying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers provide a financial future for girls.
When given a choice in 4th grade whether to continue studying math, 91% of girls say “yes.” By 12th grade, only 50% of girls would continue. As a result, women account for less than 20% of the bachelor’s degrees in engineering, computer science, and physics; make up less than 12% of the engineering workforce; and hold only 10% of physics teaching positions at American colleges and universities.
A number of factors influence girls’ pursuit of STEM careers, including poor self-perception, teacher bias, gender stereotypes, and failure of schools to accommodate learning differences between boys and girls. Yet every girl needs the opportunity to explore the high-earning STEM fields that are changing the world.
You can help get her there. Here’s how:
1. Support nonprofits that promote STEM opportunities, especially those that reflect the unique learning styles of girls and include hands-on projects. Sign up now for updates on STEM-related news and advocacy opportunities.
2. Work with your local school system to increase girls’ interest in STEM. This may include ensuring girls are being taught in their preferred learning styles (hands-on projects in collaborative teams), increasing access to female role models and mentors who can engage and inspire girls, and promoting afterschool, weekend, and summer STEM programs that target girls.
3. Speak up now! Legislation is in the works to strengthen STEM education for all students. Send a message today to your legislator in support of STEM initiatives for girls.