All my life, I was always the only girl involved in scientific programs in school. And in all honesty, I loved it. But that’s not how it is for every girl.
Throughout my high school and junior high years, a new interest in education systems began to sprout all over the nation: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
According to the U.S. Department of Education, it doesn’t matter where they are from or grew up, every child deserve a fair chance at succeeding, and STEM is the gateway to success. Nothing is more upsetting than not seeing a child succeed because of personal circumstances that are out of their control.
Growing up as a girl that is interested in science and engineering programs, it can be hard to fit in and stick with it. The National Science Foundation states that 66 percent of girls in fourth grade enjoy STEM, but only 18 percent of engineering majors in college are females.
One of the biggest causes for girls not sticking to STEM Education is the lack of encouragement. In December of 2015, Verizon Wireless released a new commercial titled: “Inspire Her Mind” (video below). This commercial follows a young girl’s life as she grows up and her creativity and love for STEM fades.
The saddest thing of this all is that it is true. Young girls are being told they shouldn’t be doing these amazingly inspiring things in STEM because it’s “not lady-like”. But who’s to say a woman can’t be a lady and change the world through engineering?