Raising Awareness for the lack of Woman in STEM!

Women In ScienceRaising 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.Β  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. AsΒ 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,Β  taking care of the kids at night.

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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.

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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.

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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! πŸ˜€

Computer Science and Engineering

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.

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? πŸ™‚


28 Responses so far.

  1. Mary says:

    You go girl!!! You are amazing – and SO RIGHT – women have the brainpower to do ANYTHING. GO CHICA GO!

  2. My Little One has finally decided on her college major- Biology. BB’s glad to know the statistics in the field are in her favor. Thanks for the info and continued success to you. BB2U

  3. Myrah says:

    I wasn’t aware of these percentages! Yes, you are right, WE CAN do anything we put our hearts to, we are POWERFUL ! So proud of you, all the hard work and dedication! YOU WILL PREVAIL!

  4. Carol says:

    Great post! I have always loved science, so this is feeding my adoration for it. Yeah! SCIENCE!! πŸ˜€

  5. Maria says:

    Great information! I had no clue as to these percentages until I read this post!

  6. Thank you for sharing this. I wasn’t aware that women in STEM earned on average 33% more than other women. That’s phenomenal! And, opens up tremendous opportunities to women and their families.

  7. I personally am more of a languages girl BUT I do think it is super important to encourage girls to follow their dreams and to let them know they are just as capable as boys to do what they put their minds to! I’m so happy you’re following your dream! I will be following your journey to MIT! Keep up the great work!

  8. My husband is an engineer, and there weren’t many women in his degree program.

  9. Lindsey says:

    This is such a great article! I think it’s great that you encourage other girls to get involved in STEM fields!

    I would love it if you contributed an article to my new magazine, Miss Heard Magazine!
    Check it out and let me know what you think: http://www.missheardmagazine.com. πŸ™‚

  10. Bri chapman says:

    Cool post, I will second the recommendation of the NCWIT award for aspirations in computing! It’s a fantastic program. Unfortunately unlike other commenters, I’m all too aware of the percentages. I’m in computer science and my degree program has 8% undergraduate women. Luckily, there are some fantastic groups that help all the women get to know each other so it never FEELS like 8% πŸ™‚

  11. Nina says:

    Thank you so much for writing this! I’ve worked with middle school girls in the past and I can’t even begin to tell you how many of them came to me saying things like “my teacher says girls shouldn’t be in science.” It’s so important for girls to hear from other girls that they can work in science and rock at it. Keep it up!!

    • MIT Latina says:

      It is a shame when teachers the ones who should be inspiring kids to be the best they can be don’t do that πŸ™ Thank you!:)

  12. What an encouraging piece! I agree that many teachers don’t encourage students enough. It’s articles like these that give our children encouragement and power to allow them to believe! Great post!!!

  13. Had no idea that the numbers where so low! We really need to encourage women to pursue STEM careers and as a mother I know that I need to encourage and motivate my daughter to learn to love STEM, motivate and yes make it fun! Thanks so much for the great post and the great resources. The video was really inspirational!

  14. You Rock! Thanks for the informational post about STEM , and the lack of women in the program. You are a very inspirational young woman, you’re going to go very far in life!

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