The daughter of and adviser to United States President Trump talks entrepreneurship and the wage gap at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad. Ivanka Trump, leading her father’s delegation to a Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India, on Wednesday called for more women to enter engineering and the sciences.
“There has been stagnation in terms of closing the gender wage gap”, Trump, the daughter of and also an adviser to United States President Trump, said during a panel discussion in the southern city of Hyderabad. “We need to get more women into STEM fields, where participation has been abysmal. If women continue to represent only 13 percent of engineers in the U.S., I am very concerned that the gender wage gap is going to grow rather than contract in the economy”.
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STEM vision- “To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.”
Despite the stereotype that boys do better in math and science, girls have made higher grades than boys throughout their school years for nearly a century. Despite the great opportunities in STEM and a rich history of sharp and brilliant Indian scientific minds like Shakuntala Devi, Kalpana Chawla and many more, far fewer girls choose to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects that offer the best jobs which can lead to women empowerment in India. STEM Academy aims to empower women by encouraging young girls to pursue STEM studies and choose meaningful lucrative careers.
As a community, we need to overcome negative and outdated perceptions and encourage young girls to consider STEM as a career option. We believe that empowering the Indian girl through STEM education will go a long way to catapult India to the pinnacle of world leadership.
Many scholars and policymakers have noted that the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have been predominantly male occupations, with historically low participation among women, from their origin in the Age of Enlightenment to the present time. However times are changing fast and with many STEM based initiatives girls are being encouraged to increasingly pursue STEM based careers giving them identity, pride and positions of power leading to their prowess in society.