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The Problem

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Women, and especially minority women, are drastically underrepresented in STEM fields.

Millions of girls in the U.S. don’t have access to quality STEM education and are excluded from STEM careers. These are girls who are growing up in low-income communities and attending high-poverty schools. They’re predominantly girls of color and immigrant girls. The causes are many and systemic, but at Techbridge Girls we focus on one— the STEM pipeline, or lack thereof.

Nationwide, about three-quarters of both African-American and Hispanic students, compared to one-third of white students, are attending high-poverty schools. These schools have fewer resources like computer labs, fewer parents with college degrees and a harder time attracting the best teachers. A third of these schools don’t even offer calculus. This lack of access and resources impedes a girls’ ability to pursue STEM careers.  

But STEM careers could be the ticket out of poverty and into economic security for hundreds of thousands of girls because they’re significantly higher paying professions. On average, STEM workers earn 30% more than similarly educated non-STEM workers.

This is a vicious cycle: Because of their low-income backgrounds, girls end up receiving low-quality STEM education and are not prepared to pursue high-paying STEM careers. Many enter low-wage professions and the cycle repeats with the next generation.