Girls’ Engagement with STEM Career Options: A Path toward Gender Equity
Presented by Jennifer M. Grossman, Ph.D. and Michelle Porche, Ed.D.

Where: WCW Cheever House Library, 828 Washington Street (Route 16)
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

When: Thursday, April 7, 2011
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

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This lecture is free and open to the public.

Additional Information:
In this talk, Jennifer Grossman, research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), and Michelle Porche, senior research scientist at WCW, will present mixed-method data on girls’ aspirations for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) work, what draws girls to STEM careers, and their perceptions of career and family roles. The data comes from the National Science Foundation-funded study “Research on Gender in Science and Engineering,” for which Michelle Porche served as Principle Investigator.
Since 1974, the Wellesley Centers for Women has been a driving force—both behind the scenes and in the spotlight—promoting positive change for women, children, and families. Work at WCW addresses three major areas: the status of women and girls and the advancement of their human rights both in the United States and around the globe; the education, care, and development of children and youth; and the emotional well-being of families and individuals. Issues of diversity and equity are central across all the work as are the experiences and perspectives of women from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

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