1. More Women in STEM could close the Gender Pay Gap
On average, women are paid 77% of what men are paid. Some U.S. states are worse than others. This percentage is even lower for women of color. There are currently more jobs in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields and these jobs tend to be higher-paying. Having more women in these fields could help close the gender pay gap as well.
2.) Women's Ideas and Experiences Are Not Being Contributed
While each individual holds different ideas and values, males and females as gender groups think differently as well. If a company lacks female employees, the woman perspective will not contribute to the innovation processes and will make the industry less diverse
3.) The Gender Gap Reinforces Stereotypes
We have to break free from the stereotypes of science, technology, math, and engineering. In general, these fields have been seen as nerdy and undesirable to girls. If girls see that there are more "nerdy" guys in math classes, then that could affect the way they see these subjects in school. By increasing the amount of girls in these classes and encouraging them, they would be more likely to consider a STEM field in the future
Can you think of any other good reasons why girls should be introduced to science, technology, engineering, and math?