Friday, September 28, 2012

Girl Power!: Women Leaders in STEM

STEM is a buzz word that has quickly made itself a household term over the past decade. Along with the education and workforce issues associated with STEM fields, comes the overwhelming concern that girls and women are shying away from STEM careers.  For whatever reason, the percentage of girls and women interested in STEM education and careers has continued to decrease since 2000.  While the statistics may point to this, the overwhelming success stories of women that are involved in STEM careers are rarely publicized.

So, without further ado, I bring you "100 Women Leaders in STEM!" In the words of Susan O'Day, "we need to be more aggressive in showing young girls and young women role models and highlighting stories of successful leaders." And that's exactly what this overview does. It's shocking that women in STEM are less than 25 percent of new jobs.  Even more shocking, women are only 3 percent of corporate CEOs, just 17 percent of board positions and make up a mere17 percent of Congress.  Considering women are 51 percent of the U.S. population, these stats are staggeringly low.  The good news is this can be changed! To read the complete report by STEM connector and to learn about the 178 (and growing) girl's and women's STEM organizations reviewed by the site, click here.