Raising Awareness for the lack of Woman in STEM!
Could you believe that in the Mid 1980’s, 32% of degrees in Computer Science were awarded to women? Even more shocking is the fact, that since then it has been declining and is now at 18%. I cannot believe it! That is in Computer Science alone, I can’t even imagine what the other STEM careers are at right now. The lack of involvement from Women in the STEM fields are astounding.
Whenever I ask my female friends to accompany me to the IT Club (computer club), they give me a weird stare and say “My brain doesn’t work like that”, that’s like saying: Women don’t have the brainpower to stand up for themselves. Woman in STEM are faced with hurdles everyday they have to jump over. Woman have to work twice as hard as men do in the STEM fields, to stand out among the crowds of men trying to be the best. As Ellen Swallow Richards, a Chemist from the 19th century once said, “The men are here to stay; we might just as well work with them.” Woman are capable of doing anything, science during the day, taking care of the kids at night.
Working in STEM fields is not just about being a minority (woman) in your career, it is also about *Drum roll please*… finding a job and getting paid a higher salary. Microsoft predicted there will be more IT jobs than there are people working in the field, men and woman alike being able to fill them. This is why STEM is a great place to work in. Here is a fun fact: woman earn an average of 77% of what men earn for doing the same jobs in careers not in STEM. Here’s the fun part, women earn 33% more than woman in non-STEM careers.
We need to steer clear of 18%, that is the number! Stem can be a lot of fun! If you know someone who is even mildly interested in science, show them how fun it can be. Join robotics competitions, compete in your local school science fair, join your computer club at school, volunteer at a hospital, fiddle around with your computer and see where it takes you or even create a paper roller coaster like I did for my Physics class.
All of the famous people in the world started at the bottom, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Marie Curie,Rosalind Franklin, Jane Goodall and so many other inventors and innovators. Don’t get discouraged if things don’t go your way the first time around. We all start at the bottom from the day we are born and it’s our job to rise to the top, but don’t forget the only place you can go is UP.
Just to remind you, here are some more statistics of the lack of participation from women in STEM. Statistics are awesome! 😀
Here is a video I saw a while ago and was just astounded by all the great inventions and innovation the women of my generation are doing.
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If you are looking for any ways to encourage females about science, here are some really cool sites I love.
- Amusement Park Physics
- Ask Dr. Universe
- Brain Pop
- Bill Nye the Science Guy
- Dr. Bob’s Interesting science stuff
- Extreme Science
- Science made simple
If you know any Middle, High schoolers, college students or educators, let them know about the NCWIT Aspirations. An organization helping females become immersed in STEM. There is an award going on right now for High school girls interested in having a career in computers. Check it out, I’m applying are you? 🙂