Thursday, May 30, 2013

Do Girls Think It's Important for More Women to Enter Science and Technology Careers?

The answer is yes! Mandy, a Girl Scout Senior from Texas, talks about why she thinks it's important that more women enter science and technology careers. Check out her video below. For more great stories from girls like Mandy, go to Girl Scouts For Girls.



According to the Girl Scout Research Institute study Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, though a majority of today’s girls have a clear interest in STEM, they don’t prioritize STEM fields when thinking about their future careers.

The study shows that 74 percent of teen girls are interested in STEM subjects and the general field of study. Further, a high 82 percent of girls see themselves as “smart enough to have a career in STEM.” And yet, few girls consider it their number-one career option: 81 percent of girls interested in STEM are interested in pursuing STEM careers, but only 13 percent say it’s their first choice. Additionally, girls express that they don’t know a lot about STEM careers and the opportunities afforded by these fields, with 60 percent of STEM-interested girls acknowledging that they know more about other careers than they do about STEM careers.