"A study conducted by Microsoft found that 72% of the girls polled said it was important for them to have jobs that directly helped the world, but only 37% thought of STEM careers as being creative or making the world better. Suzanne Harper, the STEM strategy lead for Girl Scouts of the USA, confirmed that “research indicates that girls are more interested in pursuing STEM when they understand how they can use it to help others.”
Clearly there’s a gap in perception here. With so many of our biggest challenges rooted in science, tech, engineering, and math, STEM careers are some of the most powerful ways to make positive change in the world."
"In November, Riley went on Under Armour's website hoping to order a pair of the Curry 5s when she discovered the shoes didn't come in girl's sizes. Her father Chris Morrison later found out the sneakers could only be ordered in the boy's section. "I said it wasn't fair," Riley noted."
".....Since then, LEGO has released a Women of NASA set (which my daughter told me I had to buy). With my daughter’s continued passion for coding and love of LEGOs, we have started to look at more advanced projects that have both a computer science and a physical, hands-on component."
"The girls and 10 others from their high school had never done any hands-on engineering work before, but with the help of YouTube, Google, and trial-and-error, they got it done. They hope that one day, their tent will improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness in their community."
"The Girl Scouts of America have released 30 new badges aimed at nurturing interest in, and excitement for, fields where women have been traditionally underrepresented, everything from cyber-security to space exploration.
The badges can be earned by girls ages 5-18 and include, among others, Space Science (in partnership with NASA); Cybersecurity (arming girls for Internet safety); Environmental Stewardship (advocating to protect the Earth); Mechanical Engineering (designing boats, planes, and more); Robotics (building robots); and College Exploration (how to seek out higher learning).""
This is a great article from Australia - but girls are girls anywhere in the world!
"Women are still greatly underrepresented in the workforce in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths, and there is a large female dropout rate in those subjects at school.
But it is hoped a study conducted by UNSW, which shows equal performance in the subjects among boys and girls, will lead to more girls embracing them at school, university and beyond."
"We must celebrate the accomplishments and efforts made by women and girls in STEM, not just on International Day of Women and Girls in Science, but every day. Here are 8 incredible thinkers and creators who have made an impact on the lives of others through STEM."
"Girls have to be convinced to be interested in engineering, math and computing. A lot of them don't know what engineers do or they just shy away from math. I just find there's a lack of interest in coding and engineering. It's unfortunate."
"Boys will complain that they don't want to put in the work to get organized and study, Vakharia says, but a disproportionate number of girls truly believe they don't have the innate ability to understand math and science. "The confidence gap is huge, and it really affects the way they approach and relate to STEM subjects.""