Introducing the Iron Sisters Campaign: Women Empowering Women Through STEM and Business

History teaches us that beneath every glass ceiling is an iron woman, and iron is stronger than glass, especially when one iron woman joins forces with many.

I am proud to announce the Iron Sisters Campaign, a movement that will bring together women from around the world who are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, (STEM) and business to support each other — learn from each other, encourage each other, and celebrate each other’s success to pave the way for future generations of women to succeed in these fields. Working together — Iron Sisters — we can eliminate the stereotypes and remove the barriers that discourage girls and young women from entering STEM fields, and we can create a culture in which women in STEM businesses are supported and celebrated.

The need for this effort is obvious. Even though girls are just as good as boys at STEM subjects, boys are three times more likely than girls to express an interest in STEM careers. About 85 percent of all venture capital-funded businesses have no women on the executive team, and fewer than 3 percent of venture capital-funded companies have a woman CEO. Although women earn more than half of all bachelor’s degrees, we earn less than 20 percent of degrees in computer science, engineering, and physics. We comprise nearly half of the total U.S. workforce, but we make up less than 40 percent of chemists and material scientists, less than 30 percent of environmental scientists, and less than 20 percent of chemical engineers. Minority women are represented in these fields at an even lower rate.

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