Although women hold almost 52% of professional-level jobs in the U.S., they account for only 14.6% of executive officers, 8.1% of top earners, and 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs. In STEM careers, nearly two-thirds of young women drop out or change career fields completely before they turn 30.
Girls Code at CTEC is a week long program designed to encourage high school age girls to learn and be involved with computer science. Currently, more than 30% of the jobs/careers in the field of computing are going unfilled. These jobs are in high demand and also provide a deep level of impact and meaning for society.
A couple of weeks ago, I drove through Southern Utah talking to Legislators and School District Superintendents about STEM. I met with a Superintendent after the school day in his office. I met another for dinner in a local restaurant. These leaders were very accessible, more than I imagined. They were eager to talk STEM. They had a variety of experiences to share with me.
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