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Changing The Game for Girls in STEM

 

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Girls of color are growing up in innovation hotbeds like Silicon Valley and Washington D.C., yet many never consider careers in science, technology, engineering or math ("STEM") due to lack of encouragement and opportunity. Meanwhile, jobs in STEM are growing at an unprecedented rate, and companies are scrambling to build diversity in their workforce. Closing the achievement gap will open up a tremendous untapped pool of talent. The emerging movement to engage girls and minorities in STEM has had a hard time really moving the needle. A new white paper by STEM education leader Techbridge calls for a more sophisticated approach to solving the problem at www.techbridgegirls.org/changingthegame. The paper draws upon interviews with leaders in education and STEM and spotlights best practices to foster diversity and inclusion in the workforce.  

Download a copy here.

Comments (4)

  1. Jane Jackson:
    Apr 16, 2016 at 09:14 PM

    I love this statement: ", advocates should drop the “pipeline” metaphor often used to discuss women in STEM and the points at which they drop out of the field. An ecosystem metaphor gives girls more agency over their careers, the authors argue, and unlike the pipeline metaphor, it doesn’t emphasize points of failure. "

  2. Carlee Reid:
    Apr 23, 2016 at 08:36 PM

    I love this article and it speaks to me because not only am I a 12 year old minority girl but because I am currently on a quest to promote S.T.E.M. for girls in my community by raising funds to attend the Brown University STEM program I was accepted into for this summer. I hope to bring back exciting innovative ideas to conjure up interest in my female peers. Please buy a tshirt promoting girls in STEM https://www.booster.com/carlees-stem-brown-fund
    or you can donate directly to my gofundme page https://www.gofundme.com/carlees-stem-brown

    Thanks so much for your support.
    Carlee

  3. Kara Sammet:
    Apr 26, 2016 at 04:28 PM

    Dear Jane,

    We agree that giving girls more agency in STEM education is critical, as is shifting our language to focus on solutions. Thanks for reading the paper & sharing what resonated with you!

    Kara Sammet, Ph.D.
    Techbridge Research & Evaluation Manager

  4. Nereida Perez:
    May 17, 2016 at 02:07 AM

    This report is really great work.

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