Supporting Women in Stem

Courtesy of Center for Astrophysics, Harvard

Courtesy of Center for Astrophysics, Harvard

Catherine J. '18, Global Features Editor

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Although the ratio of men to women in STEM jobs has become a little less drastic in the past years, the number of women holding jobs in these fields is still very small. In order to successfully carry out a high up position in a STEM job, a woman not only has to be smart in the area, but she also must have superior leadership skills and be able to gain the respect of the people under her, including many men who still don’t believe that women should be able to hold these positions.

The difference in pay between men and women is still an issue but an increase in women filling up these STEM positions might help balance this out. A series of studies conducted in 2012 showed that women, especially those in STEM positions, consistently got lower ratings even though their work was the same quality as their male counterparts. A mere 24% of STEM positions were filled by women in a study done in 2011, which means a lot of talent is going unused.

During Barack Obama’s presidency, he set a 10 year goal to move the United States’ middle rankings in math and science areas up to the very top of the international rankings. In order to accomplish this, women and girls, historically underrepresented in these areas, need to increase their participation in these fields and share their knowledge and talent. This means that the United States need the help of women to boost the intellectual ranking of our county to where it should be considering our wealth and resources.

First lady Michelle Obama said, “One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to.”

Many people who share Michelle Obama’s belief have organized conferences such as the Women in STEM conference, the Women of Color STEM conference, and the Inspiring Women in STEM Conference 2016, all with powerful women speakers encouraging younger women to follow in their footsteps and become leaders in their fields, especially in STEM areas. With the efforts of these women and powerful support from people like President Obama, young women and girls can successfully full these positions.

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