Women in STEM
Building diversity in STEM professions continues to be a global issue, with women significantly underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
The reasons underpinning this issue range from a lack of female role models to gender stereotyping and less family-friendly flexibility in STEM fields. However, regardless of the reason, the U.S. have recognized that in order for it to remain at the top of global innovation, encouragement and support must be focused on women.
President Obama has recognized that supporting women STEM students is not only an essential part of America’s strategy to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world; it is also important to women themselves. STEM careers present women with an opportunity to contribute towards discovery and technological innovation – and effectively take greater steps towards economic success and equality for women.
Encouraging women in STEM must begin at an early age, whether that be at home or importantly, in the classroom. In order to change the current gender stereotypes, women must find inspiration from other women and realize their potential to contribute towards global innovation – take Sheryl Sandburg, Facebook COO.