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We just need to convince more girls of this. Here's how.
40 engineers in my training and only 2 are female. Out of 36 kids left in the honors math program at a big ten school my daughter is one of two left. Pretty sad when you think about it. Of course, these engineers will make big bucks and the females who chose other degrees will make half as much. Then, the so-called feminist will cry that the pay discrepancy is unfair. Sorry - my daughter isn't buying what so-called feminist are selling.
Here's how to help. Turn off the TV. Ignore rock and roll. Ignore Hollywoood.
I agree with turning off the TV!! but you can't shut out all the pop culture stuff. Invest a little your money and their time in summer science camp experiences--even if only for a week. We have some great options in the metro area.
I have two girls in science (coincidentally with the same last name as the author)one in grad school for chem and the other a junior studying engineering. Her college sent a letter to parents of potential female engineering students encouraging us to be supportive, etc. and pointing out that more girls drop out of engineering programs because of their grades, yet boys with the same grades or worse don't drop out. Seems to shake their confidence more to no longer be getting As or maybe even Bs. Not surprising, but maybe something that can be addressed proactively.
Having a daughter in college in science, the thing I have noticed is just trying to reinforce that she does know the concepts and be confident in her results. I think some of the barrier to girls in STEM is that they are less inclined in risk taking. You see that even with computer games, the boys will click until it works, where the girls want to know how it works before playing.
"Of course, these engineers will make big bucks and the females who chose other degrees will make half as much. Then, the so-called feminist will cry that the pay discrepancy is unfair. Sorry - my daughter isn't buying what so-called feminist are selling."-----And what will you tell her when she sends out 100 resumes and doesn't get an interview while all of her male classmates send out 10 and get jobs. Or when she actually gets a job and finds out she makes $10,000/year less than all of her male counterparts? Are you going to blame feminists for that too? Or will you just blame Obama, as usual?
I think it's so important to get young girls exposed to classes and careers in STEM. The more young girls see female role models working in STEM careers, the more likely they will consider that path.
The UST STEPS camp is a great experience to get girls excited about different types of engineering. Check it out if your daughter is in sixth or eighth grade this year. http://www.stthomas.edu/engineering/outreach/steps/default.html
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