This STEMblog post announces the partnership between Girls Inc. and the Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative to support the engagement of 1 million STEM mentors to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to pursue STEM careers.
According to the post, growth in STEM jobs in the past 10 years has been three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs. Today 80% of the fastest growing occupations in the United States require strong math and science skills. While women comprise 48% of the U.S. workforce, just 24% are in STEM fields, and women and students of color represent only 45% of STEM degrees earned each year. Many young women begin in STEM degrees but leave those degree paths despite their academic success, often citing uncomfortable classroom experiences and unsupportive environments (see our blog post on the importance of belonging in STEM). Even when women earn a STEM degree, they are less likely than their male counterparts to work in a STEM field.
Learn more about Girls Inc here.
Learn more about Million Women Mentors here.
Read the entire STEMblog post here: http://blog.stemconnector.org/girls-inc-joins-stem-mentoring-initiative-“million-women-mentors”#sthash.4SvEH2iP