As professionals, we can help re-frame the choices, helping girls see that their career aspirations—designing technologies, working collaboratively, solving problems, and helping others—are at the heart of STEM professions.
For today’s families contemplating an investment in college, the current challenging job market may seem discouraging. The costs (tuition and time) are known, but the returns are less certain and difficult to measure.
We need to mobilize our mentors now to help build a pipeline of qualified female STEM professionals and bridge the gap. Creating a diverse workforce and workplace fosters inclusion and engagement and is vital if we are to create and sustain innovation, productivity, and profitability in the future.