Both research and practice have shown that women and girls are as adept at science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as their male counterparts. Given equal opportunity, girls and women can excel in STEM fields. With global competitiveness increasingly linked to building a technologically proficient workforce, ensuring that women and girls have equal access to STEM education is vital for this country’s future economic growth.

As opportunities to study and work in STEM have increased over the past 45 years, girls and women have gained ground in many fields, particularly biological, environmental, and chemical/material sciences. Opening opportunity has benefited men as well, as some fields traditionally occupied by women, notably in healthcare, have become more broadly accessible.

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