TL; DR: As a female, nothing in my genetic makeup denotes I would be any less worthy a candidate for a career in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Yet, raw IQ, SAT scores, and experience being equal, a man is still more likely than a woman to wind up in an engineering or computer science career. It’s as if womankind has adopted the assumption that we’re not suited for consideration or we shouldn’t be interested — and if we can’t see other women shattering that stereotype, why would we believe any differently? Since 1950, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has mentored and advocated for women while building up those role models in engineering and IT. SWE President Colleen Layman discusses the effects of young girls’ ebbing interest in science and math, the programs SWE offers females at every life stage, and the responsibility we have to raise up future generations to assume gender-neutrality in STEM.

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