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The Economics of Gender Equality: Why We All Need Women in STEM

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Young boys have consistently grown up with a myriad of role models around them, shaping their ambitions and ideas of their future selves. They are met with visions of leadership, confidence, and innovation. From Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs and Elon Musk—there has been no shortage of male engineers, scientists, mathematicians, technologists, entrepreneurs, and inventors for little boys to look up to. But what about the women?

There’s nothing in a girl’s bio-genetic makeup that suggests an inherent lack of ability or interest in the sciences or math. Quite the contrary: in the U.S., 74% of middle school girls express interest in STEM. Yet, by the time they reach high school, only 0.4% of girls plan to major in computer science. Continue reading