Updated: Apr 24
Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary science. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we at Texas Innovators are on a mission to showcase the talent of female innovators in Texas.
Female STEM leaders in Texas are working hard to trailblaze the path for young female scientists.
D Magazine recently published an article, Women Leading Tech and Innovation 2021. In this article, they state women make up more than half of the total workforce, yet only 25 percent work in the tech industry – even when STEM jobs have grown 79 percent. Fortunately, the Dallas business community is working hard to elevate the profiles of women in senior technology and innovation roles and build the pipeline of the future.
One place girls have plenty of opportunities to pursue STEM-related interests is Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’ STEM Center of Excellence, a 92-acre, $15 million hub of inspiration. A sprawling living laboratory in South Dallas, it’s the first of its kind in the United States and provides year-round opportunities in robotics, computer coding, botany, chemistry, and more. Through the STEM Center of Excellence, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is feeding the STEM workforce pipeline to meet the urgent need for female voices, engagement, and leadership in the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy.
Photo Courtesy of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and D Magazine
Among the reasons girls and young women avoid studying STEM and seeking careers in these fields is a subtle and early message from society that STEM jobs are for men, not women. The numbers tell the story, as only 13% of engineers and 26% of computer scientists are women. While companies often find value in diversity and want to add more women to their workforces, many young women who are initially interested in math or science aren’t always aware of the wide variety of STEM career paths.“This can lead them to switch majors before they graduate,” says Katie Mills, treasurer of the Dallas Society of Women Engineers. “Exposing young girls to the many flavors of STEM careers as well as providing mentoring to students and young professionals can help to build the pipeline for a more equitable future STEM workforce.”