Gender inequality in STEM is #Solvable | Deborah Berebichez

Gender inequality in STEM is #Solvable | Deborah Berebichez


There’s a problem in the world that there’s not an
equal representation of women and men in STEM: science, technology,
engineering and math fields. And we need to empower
more young women because that is one
of the fastest areas in which they can gain
economic independence. I believe this is a solvable problem. My name is Deborah Berebichez, I am the Chief Data Scientist at Metis. Only 24% of STEM jobs
are occupied by women. And more dramatically, if we looked at the top tech firms in the world, only 11% of top executive
positions are occupied by women. We encounter a tremendous
amount of bias and ethical concerns when
the people developing the technological solutions
to our world are only men. When the airbag was created to prevent injury during a car accident, it was designed by a team of men. Most women, the size of
their bodies was smaller and so they kept getting hurt. It wasn’t until women were included in an engineering team that
the problem was solved. So we need to add more diversity to create products and
solutions and software that actually is as
little biased as possible. I believe the solution to the gender equality problem in the
sciences is threefold. First, we need to empower
young women to take risks and fail and learn
from that experience because that is what
science is all about. The second solution comes
at the college level. The majority of women in science have expressed that they
have experienced some form of gender discrimination. We need to enact better policies to have safe environments for
women to pursue their careers. And finally, we need to
empower women in leadership to rise to top levels of technology firms to encourage other young
women who, like myself, feel attracted to the STEM fields. Growing up in Mexico
City, I was discouraged from pursuing a career in
science because I was a girl and that was not very feminine. And so I learned to hide my
love for physics and math. Fast forward, I applied to the
U.S. and I won a scholarship. I met a mentor who changed my life and I became the first Mexican woman to get a PhD in physics at Stanford. Now, I devote a lot of my
time to develop workshops and to encourage other women to join STEM careers
and to succeed in them. This is the moment where we
need to solve the problem. We are living a technological
revolution where economic independence
can be very quickly gained through having access to STEM jobs. Imagine a world where
there’s an equal amount of women physicist, mathematicians and data scientists as men. I’m absolutely optimistic that
we can solve this problem.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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  1. Deborah Berebichez is a Mexican physicist, data scientist, TV host, educator and entrepreneur who dedicates her career to promoting education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. She was the first Mexican woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University. She has developed models for cellular wave transmission which are in the process of being patented. Sometimes known as "The Science Babe", she appears in mainstream television and radio segments where she explains concepts in physics in everyday life.

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