AAUW has a long history of taking action to increase women’s and girls’ opportunities and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the classroom to Capitol Hill.
The STEM fields are rapidly becoming the most in-demand and lucrative in the world. Despite this demand, at almost every step of the STEM education ladder women and girls walk away. By middle school many girls are ambivalent toward these fields, and by the end of high school fewer girls than boys plan to pursue STEM studies in college. Women who do graduate with a STEM degree enter a workforce that is historically unfriendly to them. And from there stereotypes, gender bias, and the hostile climate of academic departments and workplaces continue to block women’s participation and progress.
The road ahead is long, but already we’re seeing progress. AAUW believes that change is possible for women and girls through our proven programs, and we will continue to push for better gender equity in STEM.
Explore more of our STEM work in the following areas:
The latest findings on the STEM gender gap problem — and solutions.
Advancing STEM for girls in your community.
Funding graduate women and STEM-based community projects
Calling for local and federal action to support women in STEM
AAUW’s Latest STEM News and Initiatives
AAUW has partnered with several companies and institutions over the years to design and impart cutting-edge STEM curricula to middle school girls — covering topics from mobile apps to cybersecurity to aerospace design. Not only will students pursue the most cutting-edge coursework, they will also be inspired to pursue their STEM passions long after the lessons are finished.
Bring Gender Equity to Your Workplace with This Playbook
Hiring managers and companies, are you seeking to diversify your STEM workforce? Thanks to a partnership with Dell, AAUW has the playbook. Download it now.
Our STEM Partners