Funneling Girls into STEM Careers is About Confidence and Curiosity

By LINDSEY MOON & CHARITY NEBBE • FOR IOWA PUBLIC RADIO

Students enjoying a hands-on session during a Taking the Road Less Traveled Career Conference
Students enjoying a hands-on session during a Taking the Road Less Traveled Career Conference. PHOTO COURTESY OF WISE, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Women in Science and Engineering program at Iowa State University was founded 30 years ago in an effort to funnel more young women toward careers in the sciences. Despite programs and efforts, there are still not enough girls getting excited about STEM.

Reshma Saujani is founder of Girls Who Code and says that’s not because these programs don’t work or because they aren’t well intentioned.

“The first thing is culture. When the personal computer came out, we really marketed it toward boys. And then we created this myth of a programmer in a hoodie in his basement, and girls don’t see themselves in him.” says Saujani. “You can walk into Forever 21 and buy a shirt that says ‘I’m allergic to algebra.’” Culture is pushing girls out.”

To listen to the program and read more visit: http://iowapublicradio.org/post/funneling-girls-stem-careers-about-confidence-and-curiosity#stream/0

 

 

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