Big gap in women in science technology engineering and math (STEM) professions
Aug 4, 2011 5:34pm
By Michael Kaiser, NCSA Executive Director
Today, the Department of Commerce released a study about the gender gap of women in STEM careers. The report indicates some significant issues regarding women in STEM:
So why is this important?
Our economic and national security depends on a large pool of young people seeking careers that involve STEM. One of those career tracks is cybersecurity. Estimates for the need for new security professionals range from 30,000 to 2 million. A solid STEM education starting before high school is critical to teach the fundamentals and to indentify and inspire young to pursue higher education in STEM fields. This report suggests we need to be doing a lot better job focusing on finding ways to get young women to pursue educational pathways that include STEM.
We believe we need a comprehensive approach based on consensus of the myriad stakeholders—government, industry, nonprofits, educators and education institutions. Once an approach is clear we will all need to work together to bring programs to scale and make opportunities available to as many young people as possible.
NCSA is in the early stages of bringing together stakeholders to explore this issue and possible ways forward.
STOP. THINK. CONNNECT.,