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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  • Gabrielle Sierra
    Director, Podcasting

Asher Ross - Supervising Producer

Markus Zakaria - Audio Producer and Sound Designer

Rafaela Siewert - Associate Podcast 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?


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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


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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


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


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