It’s clear from research that girls have just as much aptitude for science, technology, engineering, and math as boys. But, at almost every step of education, we see girls walk away from “STEM” classes.
By seventh grade, many girls are ambivalent about these fields, and by the end of high school, fewer girls than boys plan to pursue STEM in college. The low number of women and girls pursuing STEM fields is not a status quo we can live with. It has significant implications for this country’s economic growth and global innovation, as well as for women’s financial security.