Currently, only 12% of scientists and engineers are Black, Hispanic or Indigenous
STEM programs at the Y provide 66% more STEM opportunities to underrepresented young people (Hispanic, Black, American Indian, Alaska Native individuals)
Ensuring gender equity requires a real commitment to elevating girls’ participation, to counterbalance patterns that result in the underrepresentation of women in STEM careers. Ensuring gender equity doesn’t just positively impact girls; it positively affects all young people:
- Intentionally calling on girls leads to calling on quiet boys
- Calling on girls more often leads to dominant boys learning to share
- Activities that intentionally engage girls lead to engagement from all genders
- Women make up half the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce (National Science Board, 2016)
- Fewer than 1 in 10 employed scientists and engineers are women of color (National Science Foundation, 2016)
- Young girls are less likely to consider women "really, really smart" (Bian, Leslie & Cimpian, 2017)
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