How Exposure to Innovation Closes the Gender Gap in STEM Fields

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Resource Type:Education Reports; Professional Resources
Organization:National Inventors Hall of Fame
Summary:Though employment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields continues to outpace other industries, the percentage of women working in these fields has remained relatively low. Reasons for this disparity include gender stereotyping and a lack of female mentorship for young women interested in entering the STEM workforce. Educators can help close the gender gap by providing examples of successful women working in STEM to serve as role models. This paper explains how women in STEM fields can make an impact on students who are interested in simple career paths. Highlights include: reasons for the lack of female representation in the STEM industry; research demonstrating female STEM mentors' influence on young women, and their role in combating gender stereotyping; and inspiring lessons from National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees Radia Perlman, Frances Ligler and Carol Bertozzi.
Subjects: diversity; education; gender; lesson; report; stem; teachers resources; women in science
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