Women and femmes are severely underrepresented in the STEM workforce, with particular disparities in engineering, physical, and computer sciences. This is certainly not due to a lack of interest or ability of girls or young women, who are academically excelling in STEM in school. The trouble seems to be with retention of women/femmes throughout their careers. Described as the leaky pipeline, girls and women are leaving science after initially pursuing STEM.
While there have been improvements for women in general over the last decades, progress has slowed and women/girls/femmes of marginalized groups still face immense challenges in STEM fields. There is clearly much more work to be done to achieve gender equity in STEM. Locally, this issue is being taken on by numerous organizations. Join ChickTech
, WIS PDX
and other local nonprofits for a community discussion about why supporting women/girls/femmes throughout the STEM pipeline is important for everyone.Meet the Nonprofit Panelists:
- Camp ELSO's mission is to teach and frame STEAM and nature based education through a lens that centers and elevates the stories, ways of knowing, individual needs, and lived experiences of Black and Brown communities.
- Centro Cultural is a home for Latino cultures, and serves the needs of our diverse community by promoting personal growth and empowerment.
- ChickTech is dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers.
- PDX WIT encourages those who identify as women, nonbinary and underrepresented to join tech and supports and empowers them so they stay in tech.
- WIS PDX works to build a community of supportive networks for the development, retention, and promotion of women in the sciences.