According to the National Science Foundation, less than 15% of the world’s engineers are women.
There’s evidence that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) interest by women is starting to grow – for example, for the first time ever, the University of California, Berkeley reported this month that its intro to computer science classes attracted more women (106) than men (104) – but even so, girls (and boys) could use more STEM inspiration by example.
International Women’s Day falls on March 8. A large part of the day involves celebrating the success of women. In the following pages we celebrate 10 women whose work is inspirational or who take steps to inspire in engineering or related fields.
Odds are you haven’t heard of many of the women we’ve included in this list. While their names aren’t Grace Hopper or Lady Ada Lovelace, read through for a small sampling of this current generation of engineers, entrepreneurs, and encouragers, and see what they are doing to share knowledge and inspire more STEM in the world.
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