Pursuit of equality

STEM fields are where most of the jobs of the future will be found, and at present, they’re also the fields where minority workers and women are rarely found. There’s also a shortage of women and minorities teaching STEM topics at universities.

Capturing Baileys words : “That was a different time, of course,” she said. “It almost seems like a different world.”

Bailey said she believes women and minorities lag behind in STEM fields because traditionally both groups may have been viewed wrongly as not smart enough to master such challenging areas of study. In addition, financial challenges keep many low-income students from attending or completing college, she said.

An investment in education pays off, Bailey said. Unemployment stands at about 5.3 percent for people in STEM fields and about 10 percent for those not in STEM fields, she said.

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