The Gender Disparity in STEM

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The Disparity

I attended an all-girls school from Kindergarten to 8th grade. My experience at my school shaped my can-do attitude; we were always told that as girls, we can do anything—and I wholeheartedly embraced the idea to "rise to the challenges of our time." However, this also meant that I was learning and growing inside of a bubble. When I would occasionally leave that bubble to attend programming workshops and local STEM festivals with my family, my awareness expanded. I saw that the world, especially the tech industry in Silicon Valley, does not reflect the small but supportive world of my all-girls school. 


I've only begun to unpack what it's like to be a girl, and now a young woman, in STEM, and I continue to actively seek out women role models, or in general, the very representation of my identity in STEM. 


Now, I hope to encourage more girls to break the barriers around becoming women in STEM: both the stigma and the lack of resources or support. As the president of the Girls Who Code Club at my high school, I reached out to girls who had no background in computer science but wanted to learn from the ground up in a supportive environment. Through lessons, workshops, and projects that I designed, these girls learned basic programming concepts with the club. I also recognized how important it is to see one's future in STEM, so through Women in Tech presentations, I gave club members a chance to learn about inspiring female role models (the very representation that I was searching for as a middle school student). I also led and developed two affinity spaces, one being the inaugural Women Empowerment (Female-Identifying) Affinity Space through my high school's first affinity spaces program, and the other being the Girls in STEM affinity group that I led alongside my computer science teacher.


I was also a member of an all-girls robotics team that was founded by both the Girl Scouts of America and NASA, doubling as a Girl Scout troop. As a leader of this robotics team, I led many outreach events and spoke at NorCal Girl Scout events to inspire the next generation of girls in STEM: young Girl Scouts (as young as 4 years old). I taught them about electrical engineering and programming, demonstrating what they are capable of, too, using the example of my team's yearly competition robot builds.


National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)

NCWIT National Honorable Mention (2023)

NCWIT National Honorable Mention (2022)

NCWIT Affiliate Winner for the Bay Area Affiliate of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award (2022)


Award recipients are selected based on aptitude/aspirations in computing, demonstrated by computing experience, leadership, tenacity in the face of access barriers, future plans