It is projected that job opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will grow more than 7 percent faster than job opportunities in non-STEM fields through 2018 1. Despite this positive employment outlook, women hold less than one quarter of STEM positions 2 today. To help reverse this trend, Mayim Bialik is partnering with DeVry University for National HerWorld ® Month to show high school girls how they can make a difference in their world through STEM.
"Big Bang Theory" Star Mayim Bialik and DeVry University Host National HerWorld(R) Month to Inspire High School Girls to Make a Difference through STEM (Photo: Business Wire)
Now in its 16 th year, DeVry University’s HerWorld program educates high school girls about in-demand STEM careers and inspires them to achieve their college and career goals. Bialik will host a HerWorld event in New York City on March 8, one of the 24 HerWorld events taking place across the country this month. This year, it is anticipated that more than 7,000 young women from hundreds of high schools nationwide will participate.
“Science, technology, engineering and math have lacked visible female role models in the past, and high school girls often perceive the curriculum for these subjects as less approachable,” said Bialik, who holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Neuroscience and currently stars in CBS's The Big Bang Theory. “HerWorld challenges this perception by giving teenage girls a platform to experience the excitement of STEM firsthand. It engages them in the unique stories of successful women who are making a difference by introducing new innovations and leading initiatives that change lives and inspire enthusiasm about the world of STEM.”
Each high school girl attending will have the opportunity to interact with peers, participate in hands-on workshops, engage in confidence-building activities and hear from successful STEM female role models from such notable organizations as Cisco, Google and Microsoft.