For decades, women have been making gains in the workplace — except in the fields that matter most — the STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, and math). Emily Parkhurst, Managing Editor of the Puget Sound Business Journal, shares her journey as a young girl with a passion for science — a passion that got squelched.
One Response to The Dearth of Women in STEM
I just listened to this episode and boy did it hit a chord. I remember being watching the original Star Trek episodes and seeing women in space made me excited about the pursuing math and science track in junior high and high school. It was here that I was introduced to computer programming and I fell in love with technology. Got to college and found myself to be an unwanted intrusion in this new field (it was the 80’s) by the professors and often the only girl in class. I switched to accounting and economics and still ran into sexism both in school and at home. I dropped out in my sophomore year and only returned to school in 2011 and have graduated. The second time around was far more supportive and welcoming. In fact, every time my fellow non male students found ourselves floundering we would encourage each other to embrace the confident bluster of the “mediocre white dude” that we are allowed to take up the space we are in.
I do believe that while having people who look like you in places of influence is important, a supportive environment and an advocate is vital regardless.