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Early introduction can encourage more women to join STEM fields

from Chicago Tribune

Maybe you recall the Verizon commercial that follows a young girl as she's growing up. Samantha takes a keen interest in activities like wading in a stream and building a rocket ship; activities that explore science, technology, engineering and math fields. Yet she's discouraged from pursuing those interests by the folks around her with comments like "Why don't you hand that to your brother" or "Don't get your dress dirty." It concludes with a thoughtful question: Isn't it time we told her she’s pretty brilliant, too? Not only does the commercial tug at your heart strings but it ends with an alarming statistic that 66 percent of fourth-grade girls say they like science and math, but only 18 percent of all college engineering majors are female. more


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