The Role Model Impact

The current representation of women and other underrepresented groups in STEM fields remains alarmingly low:
  • The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that only 14% of engineers are women and that 5% of STEM workers overall are from underrepresented groups.
  • At the college level, women account for only 18% of those earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
Research shows there is a need for role models, and they do make a difference…
  • Less than 60% of high school girls know someone in a STEM career.
  • Ninety-three percent of Techbridge program participants say that field trips and role models made them more interested in science, technology, or engineering careers.
  • Exposing girls to female role models helps to counteract negative stereotypes about women and STEM.

ACTIONS

Watch the video here and listen to girls talk about how meeting a STEM role model in their Techbridge program made an impact on them.  Then, answer the questions below.

QUESTIONS

How did you decide on your career path? Were any role models influential in helping you choose your career? Role models can be parents, friends, teachers, or someone girls meet on a fieldtrip, or read about in a book. Girls want to hear about how you ended up where you are, so be sure to share your response to these questions with them!

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