Women and femmes are severely underrepresented in the STEM workforce, with particular disparities in engineering, physical and computer sciences. This is certainly not due to a lack of interest or ability of girls or young women, who are academically excelling in STEM in school. The trouble seems to be with retention of women/femmes throughout their careers. Described as the leaky pipeline, girls and women are leaving science after initially pursuing STEM. While there have been improvements for women in general over the last decades, progress has slowed and women/girls/femmes of marginalized groups still face immense challenges in STEM fields. There is clearly much more work to be done to achieve gender equity in STEM. Locally, this issue is being taken on by numerous organizations.
Join WIS PDX and other local nonprofits, including ChickTech, Saturday Academy, PDX WIT, Camp ELSO, Centro Cultural, STEM Like a Girl, ORTOP, and others for a community discussion about why supporting women/girls/femmes throughout the STEM pipeline is important for everyone.