How many young girls do you know that aspire to be scientists? How about software engineers or math researchers? I imagine not as many as teachers, Hollywood actresses or singers.
It’s no secret that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are important. If STEM is our future, then today’s youngsters need to be interested in these fields. It’s also no secret that boys tend to choose STEM career paths while girls are generally more attracted to creative and educational roles.
But why? Evidence points to lack of exposure. If girls are introduced to STEM focuses earlier in life, they will be more likely to explore these opportunities as they develop academic and professional interests. At Microsoft, we truly believe this. We know that the smartest and the brightest employees come in all genders and we want to attract them to these thriving industries. That’s why next week we’re teaming up with MITX and The Commonwealth Institute to do just that.
The 3rd annual Successful You: Women’s Leadership Forum will work towards bringing more girls into STEM careers physically and financially. Physically, we’ve developed a special track, just for girls that will excite them about STEM opportunities. Financially, 100% of the event proceeds will be split between The Science Club for Girls and Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, both of which fund programs to further fuel the girls in STEM initiative.