Generation STEM – What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

January 1st, 2012 | RESEARCH

Over the past 50 years, women in the United States have made great strides in education and entry into the work force in this country. However, despite these advances, women continue to be underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, collectively referred to as “STEM.” Women’s representation is low at all levels of the STEM career “pipeline,” from interest and intent to majoring in a STEM field in college to having a career in a STEM field in adulthood. Studies show that girls lose interest in math and science during middle school, and STEM interest for girls is low, compared to boys. Most research on this topic has focused on representation of girls and women in these fields, primarily on the obstacles preventing more girls and women from entering them. It is time now to shift the focus toward understanding and developing solutions for “what works” for girls who show interest and engage in the fields of STEM. The goal of the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) is to elevate the voices of girls on issues that matter to them and their futures. The aim of this report is to explore how girls can better become engaged in STEM through examination of what girls themselves say are their interests and perceptions about these important fields.


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Team Members

Kamla Modi, Author, Girl Scout Research Institute
Judy Schoenberg, Author, Girl Scout Research Institute
Kimberlee Salmond, Author, Girl Scout Research Institute

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Access and Inclusion: Women and Girls
Audience: Educators | Teachers | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering | General STEM | Mathematics | Technology
Resource Type: Reference Materials | Report
Environment Type: Community Outreach Programs | Public Programs