This was a blog post written for my JRN 400 class blog. It was published on February 22, 2012.
By NICOLE LACHANCE
In my research for my current article about diversity among department chairs and professors, I noticed that there was lack of women in the physical sciences. While to some people this may be expected, I was hoping that by 2012 there would be more women interested in going into traditionally male-dominated fields.
Then I saw this article from WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio about a recent check received by Youngstown University’s Women in Science Program. The program received a check for $100,000 from the Edward W. Powers Charitable Fund for its career day. The career day program partners girls in grades 6 to 12 with female mentors in science and engineering fields to encourage them to pursue related careers and show them they can succeed.
I think this program sounds very interesting. It is disheartening to think girls who may be interested in science would be hesitant to pursue a career in the field because they think they would not succeed or because they lack role models in these fields. I think girls around the country would benefit if more universities had programs like this. It would help if girls could actually see real women succeeding in science-related fields. More universities and investors should consider programs like these.