Even though young girls and boys sit side by side in science and engineering classes all across the country, girls are much less likely to choose careers in science and engineering (S&E) than boys. While the number of women in STEM fields has increased tremendously over the past half-century, it still is not keeping pace with the rising demand for skilled workers in these areas. In order to prepare our girls for the 21st century workforce, it is crucial to reverse the trend of declining women in STEM careers.
We know that eliminating the gender gap is challenging work, convincing administrators, parents, or fellow staff of the importance of this mission. For help beyond the research outlined here, please see our suggested readings on page 18. Your efforts will not only help girls, but will improve the general climate in your educational setting and level the playing field for all learners.