Start Early to Spark Girls’ Interest In Science, Tech Jobs

University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is clear on this: You can’t expect young women to suddenly jump toward STEM careers after they enter college. The interest and preparation must be cultivated earlier.

Gray-Little headlined a panel discussion Tuesday at the Central Exchange, a professional networking organization for women that has launched “STEMM,” an initiative to focus on promoting jobs in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine.

Joined by Kris Paper, director of information technology at Burns & McDonnell, and Jennifer Lindsey, director of marketing at DuPont Nutrition and Health, Gray-Little summarized the exceedingly slow growth in female participation in those male-dominated industries.

 


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