Women and STEM Education
Earlier this year, Claire Topalian wrote for Business 2 Community about the importance of making IT jobs more attractive for women. With everyone from Apple CEO Tim Cook on down lamenting our shortcomings in improving gender representation in the STEM (science-technology-engineering-math) fields, it is clear much more work must be done, particularly with young people as they begin to explore career pathways.
Topalian quotes Anneke Jong, who recently wrote for The Muse:
Encouraging more women to immerse themselves in computer science, STEM or IT will ultimately lead to new approaches and perspectives to existing problems. It could also lead to a recognition of previously unknown problems. “As more industries step into the digital age, tech will imbue every part of our economy. Computer science is a growing field, one in which we desperately need more top talent. And one in which women can’t be left behind.
These pieces point to significant work we must all undertake to help all students, particularly women, see the full range of career pathways in front of them. Opportunities in technology, IT, STEM, or CTE aren’t limited to a particular gender. They are all about what one is interested in and what one both knows and is able to do.
ERCA is fortunate to work with partners like the National Girls Collaborative Project that are doing incredible work to expand STEM pathways and guide more potential leaders into those fields.
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