While young professional SHEs have made amazing career strides in the past few decades, there’s one set of industries in particular where we’re struggling to break through: STEM. Careers in science, technology, engineering, and math host some of the lowest rates of SHE employees, in part because we hear from a young age–sometimes as soon as our pre-school years–that SHEs are less adept at math and science. This harmful dialogue is particularly damaging to SHEs of color and those from underprivileged backgrounds. Young&BosSHE is excited to present our April series: SHEs in Stem.
This month we’re featuring SHEs who prove that STEM is for everyone!
From astrophysicists to coders, teachers to doctors, we want SHEs everywhere to know that STEM IS for you. Want some background on the current state of SHEs in STEM?* Read the U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration Office of the Chief Economist report “Women in STEM: 2017 Update.”
PLUS: Get your planners out and write this down, because Young&BosSHE is announcing our next two themes! Join us in May for a series on miniSHEs. How do you raise strong, independent SHEs in this crazy world? We’ll ask some SHEs that are rocking the mom game, as well as an organization dedicated to doing just that. Then in June we celebrate LGBT+ SHEs as part of Pride Month. We’ll take a deeper look at how LGBT+ persons navigate work and personal spaces that can be full of misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia and what all SHEs can do to show up as allies.
*Like many resources, this report looks primarily at the status of cisgender women. If you have resources on transgender or non-binary persons in STEM, please share with us at youngbosSHE@gmail.com.
ICYMI: Check out our SHEs in STEM posts-Melissa Karlin, Rachel Stuve, Kolisa Yola Sinyanya, Kara Luton, Stephanie Provence, Samantha Hau, Kira Bailey, I Don’t Know How To Science, Taylor Breland, and Kelsey Caffy. And don’t miss out on SHEspeaks: Rainu Ittycheriah with Eventbrite (ep 5).