It’s no secret that women face more challenges facing them in the workplace than their male counterparts. With antiquated social and professional constructs, climbing the ladder isn’t easy and breaking down that 80% income barrier is even harder. That’s why Inforum, a nonprofit based in Detroit, is working to help skilled women get over hurdles and realize their full value and potential.
With Inforum’s programs, businesses have started to create a more diversified leadership. However, even now, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers still have little female representation. After looking into the issue, they realized that a major reason young women don’t consider a STEM career path is because they lack role models and mentors to help them see it as an option.
To combat this, Inforum has created the inSTEM program where they partner women in STEM-related positions with K-12 school programs. Within these events and workshops, these volunteers work with students to spark interests in programming, robotics, and other fields, as well as give students a chance to talk one on one with the volunteers to answer their questions and help them plan out their futures.
Now, after little more than a year, the inSTEM program is growing exponentially. Inforum has a long history of helping women become leaders, and they are continuing to do this within the STEM fields. Thanks to programs like inSTEM, young women are able to make their dreams a reality.
Source: 2015 update to the 2009 ESA calculations from American Community Survey public-use microdata.
Note: Estimates are for employed persons age 16 and over.