The acronym STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. With 75% of jobs in the fastest growing industries requiring workers with STEM skills, this is a critical industry. It is also a male dominated one. Science Gender Equity Organisation estimates that approximately 70% of STEM industries consist of men, including areas of medicine, engineering, computer science and mathematics. There are several reasons for this vast career and academic gender inequality; patriarchal stereotypes reinforce ideas that girls and women belong in the humanities, whilst boys are ‘naturally’ more inclined towards maths and science. Whilst entirely fictive, this stigma encourages boys’ schools to funnel resources into STEM subject areas, leaving girls’ institutions sorely underfunded in these crucial areas. This translates into the job market, as young adults who lack STEM backgrounds are less employable than their counterparts.
Fortunately, many organisations are committed to righting this injustice. The Australian Government’s department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources states that they aim “to increase gender equity in STEM education and careers. We envision a society that provides equal opportunity for people of all genders to learn, work and engage in STEM.” This translates to a range of university scholarships offered to women in STEM. To name a few, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) boasts a Women in Engineering Scholarship Program for undergraduates, and the Australian National University (ANU) offers the Jan Morgan Scholarship to women studying STEM disciplines in their undergraduate degrees. Both prestigious scholarships offer $10 000 per year, respectively.
As a parent of a young girl, it is critical that you ensure your daughter is equipped with a STEM background. TutorTime’s world class tutors deliver STEM lessons with theoretical concepts and practical applications that bring science and maths to life! By teaching analytical thinking and reasoning skills, interest is sparked early resulting in educational success.
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