AAUW Takes STEM Work to the Hill
If you’re familiar with our research, educational funding, or programs like Tech Trek and Tech Savvy, you have probably noticed that we are continually finding new avenues to educate girls and encourage them to get involved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
AAUW members sponsor more than 150 STEM programs in 35 different states (and more than 93 different congressional districts). We recently attended the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting, where we talked about the challenges facing women and girls in STEM. We also just joined the inSPIRE STEM USA coalition, a nonprofit working on building a national education fund to support STEM as part of immigration reform.
And just this week, we brought our expertise and our creativity to Women’s Policy Inc.’s STEM Fair and Reception on Capitol Hill, an event co-hosted by members of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues and its Education/STEM Task Force. Our STEM work was presented alongside that of Microsoft Corp. and the Department of Education.
We challenged attendees with a quiz on women and girls in STEM based on our research report Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Several young girls, including some Girl Scouts, tried out the quiz.
AAUW Senior Researcher and Why So Few co-author Christianne Corbett talked with attendees including STEM champions Reps. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Donna Edwards (D-MD), about our research. We were also thrilled to connect with Molly Karna, who won a Judith Resnik Award from the AAUW Hartford County (MD) Branch for her work in science and math. Karna attends Columbia University and works for Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) as a STEM fellow. We also met Science Cheerleader Talmesha Richards and Girls and STEM Founder Tanesha Boldin.
AAUW members have always understood the importance of supporting girls and women in STEM. From helping to fund Marie Curie’s research in 1920, to fighting for girls in STEM through camps and Title IX advocacy, to providing visionary research, we know that in order to meet the needs of the 21st-century economy, we must support girls’ interest and women’s careers in STEM.