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How can we get more girls interested in STEM? This girl knows

Today we have an inspiring guest post from Ashley who’s in 10th grade at school in California and blogs at Fun Science Experiments.  Ashley is a Girl Scout who wants to make a difference in the world.

She’s particularly passionate about the lack of female representation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).

Why don’t more young women go into careers like that? What do you think?

Here’s what Ashley’s got to say on the subject:


Someone once told me “You can’t be what you can’t see”. These words come to my mind when I think of the gender disparity in science, technology, engineering, and math (aka STEM) workforce. History shows us how there were very few female scientists in the past; women like Roseland Franklin or Marie Curie are usually the only two that come to mind whenwe think of this. Although the numbers are not as grim today, women make up only 24% of STEM jobs.

When young girls cannot see other females in STEM careers, they lack passion towards science because they don’t have any role models to look up to. I began to realize this immense situation when I joined the Technology and Engineering Focus group, which is a program at my school that helps students follow their career path. When I found out that I was the only girl in the program, I felt intimidated and hesitated in joining. But I finally realized that fear shouldn’t control my dreams and goals in life, so I joined the Focus Group and haven’t regretted my decision since.

As a Girl Scout, I have a passion to make a change in the world. I recently began my Gold Award Project, which is a project where a Girl Scout solves a problem in their community to earn the Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. For my project, I’m focusing on the issue on how there are a lack of women in the STEM fields by creating a program to do fun science experiments with third grade girls to spark an interest in science and math, which is how I became interested as a child. While completing the program, I arrange to give science or engineering toys to the younger girls to continue their inspiration in these subjects. Furthermore, I created a blog for kids that teach them how to complete fun and easy science experiments at home.

I know what I’ve done are very small steps in making a difference, but if we all work together to increase the passion of science to younger girls, then the minority of women in S.T.E.M. careers will not be a problem in the future. This is not only a woman’s issue; it affects everyone because of the advances women could make for the world. I urge all of you to think about how you can change the stats. If we all look within ourselves and make a conscious effort to inspire girls the same way we inspire boys to look at STEM, then we can ensure gender stereotypes will not have a say in the future career choices of our young girls.


To find out more, visit Ashley at Fun and Easy Experiments for Kids.

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7 Comments to “How can we get more girls interested in STEM? This girl knows”

  1. sean says:

    i know what school that you go to. I go to travis.

  2. nicole tye says:

    i love to blog on the website i think all girls should be intrested in their phones instead of their maths and work because they might learn somthing new and how to save someone from somthing very different and they might of already see how to solve the problem from the tv.

  3. i love your blog you should keep doing it is awesome !!

  4. i love your blog you should keep doing it is awesome !!

  5. Abby says:

    I agree with almost she has said. In any case we didn’t have lots of female scientist(in comparison to men), even many of those don’t get as much mention in history books as they deserve. But, I don’t think it is just that. Parents also play a very negative role in this matter. Since a girl is old enough to play with toys she is bombarded by cute stuff toys, or homecare toys, and that is where the fall starts. I am not against giving little girls stuff toys, but there should be mix. For every cute toy there should also be one educational toy in her arsenal. In reality, I have personally experienced things have drastically changed. Now the line between a girls toys and boys toys is slowling diminishing which is a really good thing.

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