Girls in STEM

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The issue of female underrepresentation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields has been a major area of concern to researchers over the past 50 years. According to the National Science Foundation, the fields of computer science and engineering are still overwhelmingly male.  Women’s participation in engineering and computer science remains below 30%. In the past 10 years, both the number and proportion of computer sciences bachelor’s degrees earned by women has declined. In the professional world, women make up less than 15% of engineers and only 25% of computer and math scientists

As an educator and child development researcher, I believe the issue of women’s underrepresentation in STEM starts long before women enter the career world. Like most child development specialists, I believe that early experiences are critical to success later in life. We need to expose girls to quality STEM content as they are growing up and exploring their identities and interests. While they are still gaining confidence in their abilities and still deciding what they are “good at” and what they enjoy.

In my work, I look at the impact of stereotypes on girls' interest and performance in STEM beginning in early childhood. I also research the best tools, curricula, and other strategies for engaging girls in STEM. You can learn more about my research in my new book Breaking the STEM Stereotype or my checking out some of my projects and resources below! 

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Research

  • Learn about my research in collaboration with the DevTech Research Group on robotics and gender here. 

  • I now conduct research for Joulez, a company that creates fun, fashionable gadgets that encourage girls ages 8-12 to explore engineering and programming and build their confidence and competence in STEM. Check us out and sign up for our newsletter! 

Publications on Engaging Girls in STEM

Below are my recent publications that have to do with gender stereoptypes and engaging girls in STEM. For a full list of my publications on all topics, please visit my publications page.