Stem Connector has compiled a wonderful list of 100 women leaders in STEM and the report is absolutely fascinating to read. Not only are each of the women highlighted but the beginning of the report talks about the value of girls and women in the STEM industries (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Here is just a sampling:
Commitment to STEM is Vital to our Country’s Future
According to Jeniffer Harper-Taylor of Siemens, “Our leaders need to be fierce advocates for STEM education.” It requires a world-class investment in STEM. Jennifer Grove with Southern Company shares in the commitment that we must re-energize our youth.
All of these women see their responsibility as leaders. Dr. Cindy Moss with Discovery Education is right when she states that the most important trait for senior leaders to possess is the “willingness to take ownership for the quality of STEM education in their region.”
Shirley Malcom of AAAS shares that at every stage, people need support. Marion Blakey of the Aerospace Industries Association believes STEM careers are important not just for national security, but for job security of individual women. “We need to do a better job of re-training mid-career women by ensuring that they not only have opportunities for advancement but see others senior to them advance up the career ladder,” Blakey says.
Susan Crockett of General Mills state that senior leaders hone their skills to provide support and mentoring for more junior scientist in STEM disciples.
In a casual conversation with another woman business owner recently, she shared that both her daughters are studying Engineering at Clemson University. “Of course their father and I are both engineers and so perhaps they felt they were destined.”
She further explained that her younger daughter, although studying engineering, is really more of a journalist type but felt like engineering was a great foundational education because it would be helpful in getting a job in any field.
It used to be Liberal Arts that was the basic degree – how exciting that students view engineering in that way now. Of course this view is being supported at home and in the school.
So what can we learn from the top 100 women in STEM? Check out the report – do a “find” search within the document for your state and find one or more women in your area.
Visit LinkedIn and search their name. Send them a personalized invitation to connect and then invite them for coffee. Pick their brain to learn more about their views on women and girls in STEM. Remember, we aren’t just trying to encourage girls preparing for college to consider careers in STEM but you may be interested in a second career.
Is technology or math something you were always interested in but for whatever reason, never pursued? Now is your chance. Seek out other women leaders in your community that are in STEM careers to learn what they might recommend for your career advancement.