How to encourage girls to get interested in STEM

Jane Jomy and Twinkle Mehta are Grade 12 students with big dreams: Ms. Jomy wants to be a scientific researcher and Ms. Mehta an engineer. As co-presidents of their school’s Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) club, the two have researched their prospective careers and know what to expect. Unfortunately, one factor they can expect is a continued gender imbalance.

Statistics Canada figures from 2013 show that in 2011, women comprised 39 per cent of university graduates aged 25 to 34 with STEM degrees, and 66 per cent of graduates from non-STEM fields. But the numbers drop even lower in the latter half of the acronym, with women accounting for only 23 per cent of engineering graduates and 30 per cent of mathematics and computer science graduates.

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