The idea of changing the world seems, frankly, terrifying. It feels lofty and unattainable, so, understandably, most of us just don’t do it! However, not all steps towards a more perfect future have to be huge leaps. In fact, most of the change is a result of small steps that ALL of us can do. And that’s why it’s so important that all of us work together, slowly taking small steps in order to bridge the gender gap in areas of STEM in universities, workplaces, and beyond.
One step we can take is simply informing our teachers and professors to become more inclusive in their teaching styles and mindsets. In fact, many teachers and professors of STEM subconsciously cater their teaching styles towards men! The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been working over the past few years to diversify both their faculty and students. By informing our teachers and schools to diversify more, women in STEM will increase, school by school.
Another small step all of us can take is ending isolation of women who have interest in STEM. “Many women may perform excellently, but they are not invited to share their ideas.” (IQS Directory). If each of us encourages girls and women to share their ideas and speak up about what they’re passionate about, we are each taking a small step to a future of females.
All Girls STEM Society aims to take both these steps. By making sure that each of our volunteers is qualified and gears their teaching towards the girls in the workshop, we are actively staying informed. AGSS gives girls a community where they won’t feel alone by allowing them to share their ideas, partake in all sorts of STEM activities, and to collaborate with each other. AGSS cares about change, and small steps can cause big change.