Girls in STEM and computer science (CS)
Learning about computer science is important for everyone. Being sure that all girls have access to this education, including the encouragement to study in STEM fields, is an improvement in equality and leads to new opportunities.
Why aren’t there more girls in STEM careers?
Girls are often discouraged from studying STEM subjects, like CS, because people mistakenly think girls aren’t interested in these areas or won’t be good at these subjects. Schools in the United States aren’t offering enough opportunities to learn computer science, so there are not enough people with the right STEM/CS skills to fill open jobs. All of these factors contribute to diminishing numbers of girls and women studying STEM subjects and pursuing careers in STEM fields.
What is the “gender” gap?
There are more boys and men who are studying STEM/CS and are working in STEM/CS jobs in the world than there are women in these same fields. This is what people call the “gender gap”. In the United States the gender gap in STEM/CS is wide. In 2011, only 26 percent of all STEM workers were women.
Why is diversity important?
People from different cultures and different backgrounds think differently, see problems differently and find different solutions. When both women and men work in STEM fields, they produce products and solutions that meet the needs of everyone. These differences lead to new discoveries, new ways of solving challenges, and even think of new problems to solve.
Why does it matter?
The basic skills learned in computer science – computational thinking and problem solving – are key skills for many subjects and professions. Being sure that all girls have access to this education, including encouragement to study in the STEM/CS fields, is an improvement in equality and leads them to new opportunities. We want girls and women to have every opportunity to achieve their potential.
There are many organizations that are working to help girls get access to STEM and CS education
Girls who Code
Girls who Code is working to build the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States.LEARN MORE
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Girl Scouts introduces girls of ever age to STEM experiences relevant to everyday life.LEARN MORE