As cardiovascular disease continues to be the No. 1 killer of women, ensuring more women are at the forefront of developing science, technology, engineering and math solutions has never been more imperative.
Unfortunately, a troubling gender gap exists in STEM, from the lack of women pursuing STEM-related degrees to the number of women in STEM careers. In addition, out of every 100 female undergrads, only 12 will graduate with a degree in STEM and only three will continue on to work in STEM fields. Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs.
The American Heart Association is working to close these opportunity gaps through the division’s first STEM Goes Red event.
Over 150 junior high school girls, from the Anaheim School District, participated in STEM Goes Red - a day-long event that inspired and empowered junior high school girls to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math and be the future leaders in the fight against heart disease and stroke.
The event included action-packed STEM-themed team activities, a keynote address by Dr. Emily Farkas and a panel discussion with young women in STEM careers and their journey to pursue their dream.
Throughout the day, students were connected with STEM mentors and provided opportunities to learn the latest trends in science, technology, engineering and math, outside of the classroom.
Join us in our initiative to empower high school aged girls to pursue STEM careers and become driving forces for health in their communities.