Empowering Girls in STEM

Last updated: March 7, 2022, at 4:28 p.m. PT

Originally published: March 17, 2021, at 11:09 a.m. PT

3 Young Girls Working on Science and Engineering Projects

“Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs someday. You can’t be what you can’t see.” – Sally Ride, First American Female to go to Space

Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 28% of the science and engineering workforce. There are several reasons that contribute to this discrepancy including a lack of pre-college experience, stereotypes (social bias and sexism) that dissuade female participation in STEM-related activities, lack of role models, according to a University Washington study. The overall most powerful impact, the researchers conclude, is a “masculine culture” that makes many women feel like they don’t belong.

At the Y, we want to promote and encourage the presence of females in this ever-growing field. A few ways you can bring STEM to your own home:

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