Despite the popularity of the Real Housewives series, the days of women spending the day cooking and cleaning are over. Today women make up almost half the overall workforce in the United States. However, according to the Census Bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey, women comprise only 24 percent of workers in STEM fields. What is stopping women from pursuing STEM careers in these areas?
This disproportionality can come from many factors. Women have fewer role models in these areas and the careers available are less accommodating to having a family than other fields. Now is the time to change that! Women are just as capable as men to have these jobs and there are many benefits that can come from more diversity. Even President Barack Obama has spoken about this issue, saying, “One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering.