[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen.]
I have a short Q&A for you:
Q: “What is STEM?”
A: “STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and
Q: “Why are there so few women in the STEM fields?”
A: Well, here is my (biased) answer, as a female educator with two small, female children:
“There just isn’t enough time in a day!”
The American Association of University Women: AAUW Panel Discussion supported that girls need to be “primed” for Science at an early age; we need to “welcome” women into science and include affirmative action. We also need to present learning opportunities to girls and women in the STEM fields.
The panel also acknowledged that caregivers (for the most part, women) are short on time. Along with her colleagues on the panel, Dr. Claire Van Ummersen also shared that we need to “We need to structurally and culturally change our college campuses [and] this takes leadership from the top [because] with all of the global competition for talent, we cannot afford to lose half of the talent [that] we could have in the Sciences and engineering by not providing the environment that will help them, [girls and women], to grow and be successful.”
When Dr. Van Ummersen finished, someone whispered, “Hear! Hear!” My sentiments exactly!
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