STEMinism

Women and girls are excluded from career paths in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This gender gap is causing the world to lose out on “the genius of half the population,” according to former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith.

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Host
  • Gabrielle Sierra
    Podcast Host and Producer
Episode Guests
  • Megan Smith
    Chief Executive Officer, Shift7
  • Meighan Stone
    Adjunct Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy
  • Rachel B. Vogelstein
    Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program

Show Notes

In both developed and developing nations, women and girls are excluded from STEM education and professions. This global gender gap leads to lost economic potential and biased technological outcomes. How did we get here? And how can we create a world where women participate equally in STEM?

 

From CFR

 

Why STEM Needs Girls,” Carol Jenkins

 

Investing in Girls’ STEM Education,” Meighan Stone and Rachel B. Vogelstein

 

Can Tackling Childcare Fix STEM’s Gender Diversity Problem?,” Rudaba Zehra Nasir

 

Girls’ STEM Education Can Drive Economic Growth,” Gwendoline Tilghman

 

Read More

 

Making Gains for Women in STEM Fields Will Take More Effort,” New York Times

 

Letters: Why Does Gender Equality Mean Fewer Women in STEM?,” Atlantic

 

Engineering Access for All,” Washington Post

 

Four Big Takeaways From a Huge New Report on Sexual Harassment in Science,” Vox

 

Watch and Listen

 

How Did Tech Become So Male-Dominated?,” Atlantic

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