Cerro Coso Community College

AAUW Presentation on Women and STEM Careers

Why so few?

From the research team who brought us Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics comes a deeper dive into the engineering and computing fields that offer 80 percent of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) jobs but sill boast dismal numbers of women students and workers.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will live-stream Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing at Cerro Coso Community College on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the College Lecture Center. The event is FREE and open to the public and will explore why women aren’t in these fields, and what employers, educators, and parents can do to attract more women to the workforce opportunities that exist.

The solutions to problems of this century – from providing universal access to health care to eradicating poverty to curing cancer – will require the skills of engineers and computer scientists and the perspective and approaches that come from diverse minds. When women are not represented in these fields, half the workforce is left out of innovative opportunities and we all lose.

Careers in engineering and computing hold promising prospects for workers. The work can be challenging and rewarding, and computer scientists and engineers are especially well compensated.

Solving the Equation will cover the current factors behind the persistent under-representation of women in the computing and engineering workforce and make evidence-based recommendations for change so that girls who want to invent the next Facebook or build the next Mars rover will feel empowered to do what inspires them.

The community is invited to attend the presentation on Thursday, March 26, 2015 and find out why getting more women into STEM fields isn’t only the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do.