SUMMARY OF THE SHOW
On today's show, we visit with Tamara Hudgins and Riley Samaniego of Girlstart, a nonprofit in Austin, Texas. Later in the episode, Bruce Gale brings us an interview with one of our earlier Kid Heroes, Kayla Abramowitz.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that between now and 2030, technology professionals will experience the highest growth in job numbers. But only a fraction of girls and women are likely to pursue degrees that would enable them to fulfill these news jobs.
Despite girl’s academic achievement being equal to boys in K-12 education, statistics show that women make up only 29% of the workforce in the areas of science and engineering.
In a recent survey of 13- to 17-year-olds by Junior Achievement, only 11 percent of girls showed interest in STEM careers, less than half the rate of boys.