Closing the STEM Gap

Author(s): Shalini Kesar, Microsoft
Institution: Microsoft
Year of Study: 2018
Closing the STEM Gap

Despite the high priority placed on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and computer science education across the United States, the fact remains that only a fraction of girls and women are likely to pursue STEM degrees and careers. Microsoft commissioned this research to understand better what causes girls and women to lose interest in STEM subjects and careers, as well as what strategies and interventions have the greatest potential to reverse this trend. What they learned is that conditions and context can make a significant difference to girls, young women, and their interest in STEM. Significant strides can be made just by showing girls and young women how STEM knowledge is applicable outside of the classroom, and how it can power their aspirations to make the world a better place.

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