Empowering girls, especially in the fields of S.T.E.M. learning and careers is a big passion of mine. I truly believe that with the proper guidance and determination a girl can be and do anything. This is especially important in the S.T.E.M. careers where girls are outnumbered 3:1. I don’t know why this is but we need to help change the over mentality of women in science and technology.
And I am not the only one that feels that way. The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is stepping up their game and helping to ensure that girls know the technology industry is open and available to them. To accomplish this mission they have created an e-book called Make Tech Her Story and a chance for girls to redesign the iconic Rosie the Riveter picture to look like them! Head over to the ebook and let your daughters have some fun.
Here are a few other ways you can help encourage girls (from CompTIA):
- Parents play a key role in introducing technology – Girls and boys agree that parents and guardians are the primary source for finding out what IT stands for. But boys are more likely to begin using mobile devices at an earlier age, at five years old or younger, than girls (11 percent vs. 5 percent). Boys are also slightly more likely to explore the inner workings of tech devices out of curiosity (36 percent vs. 30% of girls).
- Girls’ interest in technology lessens with age – Nearly half of boys have considered a tech career, compared to less than one-quarter of girls. Among middle school girls, 27 percent have considered a career in technology. By high school this figure drops to 18 percent.
- Tech classes aren’t enough –Girls who have taken a technology class are only slightly more likely to have considered an IT career (32 percent). Less than half of girls who’ve taken these courses are confident their skills are right for the job.
- Girls lack awareness about career opportunities – Of girls who have not considered an IT career, 69 percent attribute this to not knowing what opportunities are available to them. More than half (53 percent) say additional information about career options would encourage them to consider a job in IT.
- Girls need role models in the industry – Just 37 percent of girls know of someone with an IT job. This rises to 60 percent among girls who have considered an IT career.
This is such a strong message. Let’s make sure our girls know they can do anything, especially in the technology field. Looking for more ways to share this information? Head over to the CompTIA Make Tech Her Story page here and share away!