A Los Angeles based nonprofit dedicated to encouraging equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM
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Girls and boys as young as 6 years old already believe that intelligence is a male trait? Starting at a very young age, girls are systematically discouraged from entering fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Consequently,women hold only 29% of STEM jobs.
Women from marginalized groups hold an even smaller percentage of STEM jobs. As such, it is extremely important to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM fields.
In 1983, David Wade Chambers famously asked elementary school age girls and boys to draw what they thought a scientist looked like.
90% drew men.
Chambers concluded that before kindergarten, girls already believed that they were less qualified than their male peers to pursue fields considered to be more challenging, such as engineering or math.
It may surprise you, but more than 30 years later, students are still drawing men.
By the time they are 6, girls are already less likely than boys to believe that members of their own gender are “really really smart.”
This demonstrates that gendered notions of brilliance are acquired early and have an immediate effect on the interests of students. Boundless Brilliance works to inspire a students of every race, ethnicity, religion, class, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and gender to embrace their brilliance and pursue their interests, especially in STEM.