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.
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.