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Women (and Girls) in STEM

Women (and Girls) in STEM

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In the U.S., demand for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals is expected to increase 16.8 percent from now to 2020, adding nearly 1.3 million new STEM jobs to the workforce.

Despite the fact that more women attend and graduate college than men, women still remain significantly underrepresented in STEM, both in terms of jobs and degrees. Women comprise 48 percent of the workforce, yet they hold only 24 percent of STEM jobs.

My frustration then lies in this question: Where are the women? What are you doing to encourage the girls in your classes, school, life to seek their talents in the area of STEM? Are we doing enough to support them to reach their full potential and feel confident that they can be great scientists, engineers, programmers if that is their passion?

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