Making STEM More Inclusive
There are ways to help women and girls join the STEM field
By Dr. Linda Farley on March 19 for Comstock's Magazine
Excerpted from the story
"We have an opportunity. In 2015, women held less than 24 percent of jobs in science, technology, engineering and math in the United States, despite making up more than 47 percent of our workforce, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce. But nearly a decade ago, Microsoft projected 1.2 million job openings in STEM occupations by 2018. Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts overall employment to grow 5.2 percent between 2018 to 2028, while STEM occupations are projected to increase by 8.8 percent...
...And Beth Broome, UC Davis’ senior adviser to the provost for STEM strategies, is leading a grant-funded initiative called Snap the Gap, serving nearly 15,000 girls across the state. The initiative uses hands-on learning and mentorship to narrow the STEM opportunity gap."