Did You Know?
Young women cannot avoid the realities of the fast-approaching world of work. Although the trends are improving for women, there still remain challenges:*
- Female students take fewer high-level mathematics and science courses in high school than male students.
- Stereotypes about appropriate careers for females, a lack of female role models, and a lack of basic career information significantly deters girls' interest in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology careers.
- In the coming years, 65 percent of the economy will be based on information technology.
- Limited access is a hurdle faced by females seeking jobs in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology.
- Common recruitment and hiring practices make extensive use of traditional networks that often overlook females.
*From the United States Congress’ findings in The Go Girl Bill - HR 1536 [107th CONGRESS]
At a time when our country's economic growth is more dependent than
ever on an educated and skilled workforce, the largest projected
population increases are among the demographic groups with the greatest
percentages of vulnerable youth
(Source: Advisory Committee on Student
When the results are broken down by race and ethnicity, more than 75
percent of white and Asian students completed high school with a
diploma. Graduation rates for black, American Indian and Hispanic
students are closer to fifty-fifty -- 50, 51, and 53 percent
respectively. Graduation rates were also substantially lower for
students educated in highly segregated, socio-economically
disadvantaged, and urban school systems.
(Source: Losing Our Future: How Minority Youth Are Being Left Behind by
the Graduation Rate Crisis, Urban Institute and Harvard Civil Rights
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