A Future in Science and Medicine
Cleveland is home to important medical institutions.
But there is a shortage of women leading the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (often referred to collectively as STEM) here and elsewhere in the United States.
In fact, only 3% of women with STEM bachelor’s degrees work in STEM fields after graduating. And women account for just for 34% of practicing physicians and 38% of medical researchers in the U.S.
As cardiovascular disease continues to be the No. 1 killer of women, ensuring more women are at the forefront STEM solutions has never been more critical.
Enter Cleveland philanthropist Lorraine Dodero. A dedicated volunteer leader of the American Heart Association, she is passionate about helping young girls pursue their goals in STEM fields.
When Dodero learned about an opportunity to create a scholarship in connection with the local STEM Goes Red for Girls movement, she jumped at the chance.
Today, thanks to Dodero, five girls a year are getting the opportunity to pursue STEM fields in college.
Dodero is a visionary leader in the community who is helping develop a robust pipeline of innovators. “These young minds,” she says, “could develop the research, technology and discoveries that someday eliminate heart disease and stroke and ensure health equity in our communities.”