The Benefits of More Women Getting a STEM Education
Posted By: Rayanne Morriss on June 12, 2021 |
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As you may know, the acronym STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. STEM is an overarching term used to refer to these fields, and there has been a recent emphasis on the concept of STEM due to the fact that women are often absent from these types of jobs. This has led to a push for more gender diversity in the sciences, which goes beyond merely increasing the number of women scientists. There are some real benefits to adding women to the STEM workforce that can improve the field for everyone. Take a look at some of the top reasons you should want to increase women's representation in labs, clinical trials and classrooms.
Improved STEM Workforce
Companies who want to stay at the forefront of science and technology should actively seek more women for their research and educational teams. The people who make up these teams are an asset. The best assets have the most to offer, and that requires building diverse workforces. When you have more people with varying perspectives behind the scenes, you're sure to have higher-quality results. Staying innovative and competitive requires branching out. Adding women to the STEM fields is a perfect way to do that. Just ask Girls Who Code founder, Reshma Saujani. She created her nonprofit to help close the technology gender gap and to increase the confidence of girls who wished to pursue these types of careers. Saujani knows that adding female members to computer science teams is a win-win because their participation leads to improved results for all.
More STEM Professionals
The fact is, there are some STEM fields that are lacking in personnel. Men have consistently outnumbered women in this field. It only makes sense to begin to find ways to attract and retain women in STEM education so that we can ensure a continued plentiful workforce in science, technology, engineering and math positions.
Computer and engineering fields see fewer women than health and life sciences. In addition, the gap tends to widen at the higher level academic pursuits such as PhD and PsyD degrees. In order to maintain high numbers in the STEM workforce, we need to proactively work to end the gender imbalance. The simple fact is that women are absolutely needed in these fields more than ever before. Otherwise, we're sure to see an overall shortage in the future.
An important need for more women in STEM fields is because of the range of perspectives diversity brings to research. New ideas and intelligences are brought to the table when more women are involved in the research and studies behind advancements in the STEM field. This diversity leads to enhanced creativity and a wider understanding of the subject matter at hand. When a team is made up of people who are of the same gender and ethnicity, they are bound to miss certain applications that could improve their research. Their results will be more applicable to a wider audience and could even lead to life altering changes that would have otherwise been missed. Adding women to the team helps to eliminate gender bias that has historically favored men.
Inspired Future Generations
Frankly, an increase of women in STEM positions will likely cause momentum that encourages future generations of girls to pursue such jobs. The younger generation will have role models to look up to and to be inspired by. There will be mentors in the field to give a hand to those hoping to break through. These factors combined can increase the success of future women STEM professionals.
These are some of the top benefits of more women getting a STEM education. As you can see, these build on each other to create a more solid foundation for the sciences in general and for our future.
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