STEM education is the best way to help ensure that they have the experience and flexibility to be contributing to society a few decades from now. And if women are not encouraged to participate, they risk becoming a second-class workforce.
Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) February 03, 2016
According to recent reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM professions will expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations between 2010 and 2020 - presenting a sector rife with opportunity. (1) And although half of all U.S. economic growth since World War II can be traced to innovations in science and technology, an anti-intellectual culture has been gaining strength in the U.S. at precisely the moment that most important opportunities for economic growth, as well as serious threats to the well-being of the nation, require a better grasp of scientific issues. (2)
Compounding the situation, the majority of K-12 schools in the U.S.—about 75%—don’t include computer science programs, according to Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. (3)
Monica Eaton-Cardone, co-founder and CIO of Global Risk Technology, an international risk management organization with subsidiaries in the U.S., says that according to Code.org, the diversity problem starts in grade school, with females making up only one in five students who go for advanced placement computer science.
“The gender bias in technology starts early and has a large impact on how fast technology develops overall,” she said. “As a result, we are not feeding the technology job demand with enough new graduates.”
The United States’ international leadership in the world is derived in large part from the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex—where computer science is a crucial part of what holds our society together—it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills for critical thinking.
In 2015, President Obama aired his concerns when he said, “Science is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world....” (3)
Eaton-Cardone agrees, saying that her rise as a successful entrepreneur and business leader in the technology market was marked with many instances where technology wasn’t only lacking, but was completely absent. Getting ahead meant figuring out what needed to be developed, and then doing it. “You can’t tell a child today what skill sets they will need 20 years from now; the world changes. But you can teach them adaptability. STEM education is the best way to help ensure that they have the experience and flexibility to be contributing to society a few decades from now. And if women are not encouraged to participate, they risk becoming a second-class workforce.”
Monica Eaton-Cardone will be speaking at the Growing Global Conference, a symposium on the expansion of eCommerce sales and profits worldwide, on April 13-14, 2016, at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, OH. http://www.mcmgrowingglobal.com/. She is also available for interviews.
About Monica Eaton-Cardone:
Monica Eaton-Cardone is an entrepreneur and business leader with expertise in technology, eCommerce, risk relativity and payment processing solutions. She has co-founded a number of successful companies, employing 350+ people globally. With the advent of “friendly fraud” expanding from the U.S. to other countries, Eaton-Cardone recognized the necessity to protect the global economy from illicit chargeback threats; hence, Global Risk Technologies (GRT) was established. She currently serves as the CIO of GRT, an international organization with subsidiaries in the U.S.; Chargebacks911; and eConsumerServices. She additionally continues to hold the position of COO of Chargebacks911. Eaton-Cardone has earned a reputation for creative business solutions, helping merchants and banks to achieve sustainable payment processing practices and supporting consumers in resolving transaction issues. She is a champion of women in IT, and hopes to contribute to an expanded presence of females in technical professions and leadership roles.
1. "WHERE STEMS LAY DOWN ROOTS: THE 2016 TECH WORKERS HEAT-MAP." builderonline.com/newsletter/10-us-metros-best-and-worst-for-stem-professionals-in-2016_c
2. Otto, Shawn. “Antiscience Beliefs Jeopardize U.S. Democracy.” Scientific American. N.p., 1 Nov. 2012. Web. 25 Jan. 2016. scientificamerican.com/article/antiscience-beliefs-jeopardize-us-democracy/.
3. “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership.” Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership. U.S. Department of Education, n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2016. ed.gov/stem.