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STEM-Centric Career Assessments

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There are many reasons why increasing women’s interest and retention in STEM careers is a huge focus for today’s society. This article points out yet another detriment to having STEM fields dominated by men: the issue of allocation of resources.  “What we think of as “science problems” affect everyone—children, women, and men. However, what science decides to solve and for whom things are designed have a lot to do with who’s doing the scientific inquiry.” Research has shown that women tend to endorse higher communal goals whereas men tend to endorse greater agentic goals at work. Thus, these goals influence the type of scientific research that being conducted. Read more of this article to get a snapshot of how the current research topics are expected to shift as more women join and influence STEM fields.

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Interested in creating a program where young girls are excited about participating in science and math? Techbridge’s after-school program called FabLab allows young girls the space to dream and create though hands-on projects like taking apart lawn mowers to building biomass-burning stoves for families across the world. “Every day, everybody gets to make something. It’s very exciting for them,” reports director Sherry Lassiter. Watch this video to see interviews with the girls in FabLab to see how it has affected their interest in pursuing STEM Careers.

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The Iron Sister’s campaign is a global movement bringing women together from all around the world to encourage and support each other’s STEM successes. “We all share a passion for what we do, and we are united by a deeply held belief that we can use innovations in STEM fields to change the world for the better — because one of life’s greatest rewards is to do well by doing good.” Click here to read more about the power of women supporting women and discover how you can get involved.

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What a better way to learn about how to help kids reach their potential than to turn to scientific evidence that is 45-years in the making. The Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) is the longest-running longitudinal survey – consisting of over 5,000 participants whom have gone on to become high achieving scientists. Although over 400 papers and several books are published from this abundant resource, this article provides a great summary of some of the key insights into how to spot and develop individual’s talent for STEM careers.

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Women report feeling torn between having a career and staying home to take care of their children. Many describe a sense of guilt for leaving their children with childcare workers in order to work full-time. However, current research suggests that being a working mom poses several benefits for children. “Women whose moms worked outside the home are more likely to have jobs themselves, are more likely to hold supervisory responsibilities at those jobs, and earn high wages than women whose mothers stayed home full time”. Read more of Kathleen McGinn and colleagues’ research findings here.

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The results are in. Stack Overflow’s annual web developer survey found that 10% of the respondents identified as women. While this is still an incredibly low number, the percentage increased 3.4% in the last year. But what does this mean for you? If you’re a woman interested in entering the field of technology, the field looks to be moving toward greater equal representation. This is particularly evident in the statistic that out of all the women surveyed, the majority of women reported that they had been coding for less than a year, indicating that the pool of female developers is growing! So, don’t wait. It’s never too late to join the thousands of women learning to code!

Click here to view Stock Overflow’s annual developer survey.

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Research highlights the presence of women role models as a potential predictor of women pursuing STEM careers. With fewer women employed in higher positions in science, technology, engineering, and math, it can be tricky for young girls to find role models with whom they identify with.

This webpage, “NASA Women of STEM” is an excellent resource for young women to hear stories from women employed in top-level careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Click on the photos of each woman to read about their personal story, and how they are making a meaningful difference solving some of our world’s most relevant issues. So why not shoot for the moon when determining your career path? If these powerful women of NASA got there, you can too!

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“The best ideas can happen when different views come together and all voices are heard and respected.” Deloitte, an industry leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services not only supports this value, but is currently enacting it in a real, practical way. Click here to learn about Deloitte’s partnership with the organization Girls Who Code to support women engaging in STEM careers and STEM activities. Join the movement. Watch this video to learn how you too can partner with this phenomenal organization to make a positive difference in, and for, your company.