March 8, 2019

Talking STEM on International Women’s Day

Dr. Jennifer Adams and Dr. Marie-Claire Shanahan discuss the complex question of equity and diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Talking STEM on International Women’s Day
Drs. Jennifer Adams and Marie-Claire Shanahan

Despite the fact that opportunities to engage in both formal and informal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning are available to children from an early age, girls, women and non-binary individuals are underrepresented in these disciplines.

While the paths Dr. Jennifer Adams, PhD, and Dr. Marie-Claire Shanahan, PhD, took in pursuing careers in STEM, and the expertise they bring to the Werklund School of Education, differ, what they have in common is the belief that equity is essential. They say that increased diversity will result in better science, better questions and better answers. Answers that are necessary for tackling the many pressing issues facing the world today.

In this Quick Chat, Adams and Shanahan outline some of the barriers faced by STEM students, educators and practitioners, the need to change the academic and professional culture and the positive impact greater diversity will have on the field of STEM.