Bridge the STEM Gap for Women with More Introductory STEM Opportunities

Bridge the STEM Gap for Women with More Introductory STEM Opportunities

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YLI is My Story

Only 28% of the workforce in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are women. According to Yale Scientific Magazine, “women make up 34.5% of STEM faculty at academic institutions.” To balance out the gender imbalance in the STEM workforce, we need more representation and opportunities for women.

The Outdated Oath

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YLI is My Story

I felt a sense of exclusion for not relating to, knowing, or reciting the pledge like everyone else. However, I felt that some of the other people taking the pledge also didn’t fully identify with it…Yet they go along with this pledge that doesn’t represent their beliefs. Why?

When You Grow Up Poor

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YLI is My Story

The more I remember my 8th birthday, the more I examine the idea that I had money for either a birthday cake or a present. My family couldn’t afford to get me both. When I came to this realization, I started thinking about other things that might have pointed to this truth.

Our Drying Lake: attraction or is it a threat?

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YLI is My Story

This is the reality for youth in my community and that’s how environmental injustice shows up in my life, quite literally in the air I breathe. The reality is the Salton Sea is drying up and has been drying up since 2003, the year I was born.

Unexpected Worries

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YLI is My Story

My mom, aunts, and uncles had to discuss how much they were all going to pitch in to pay for the medical bills and possibly for the funeral, since my grandpa’s condition didn’t seem to improve. With my family’s situation, I know how important it is to have healthcare.

Finding My Voice Amongst the Silence

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YLI is My Story

I’ve come to understand through my experience that a multitude of perspectives are needed in order to make comprehensive judgements. And by inserting my own perspective and morals into the discussion as well, I’ve learned that progress does not come from one-size fits all solutions, because they simply don’t exist.

Education is a Privilege (although it shouldn’t be)

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YLI is My Story

Having to work since a very young age, my father didn’t have access to the educational opportunities I have been fortunate enough to be privy to. He instilled in me this love for learning, to take school seriously in order to equip myself with the tools and skills I would need to succeed, to make something of myself.