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Category: Feminism, Education, Girls

WMC congratulates Google Science Fair's female winners

| July 19, 2011

In an area of study where men vastly outnumber women, the inaugural Google Science Fair shows an optimistic future for women in the math and science fields. In all three age groups, a female was the top contender for the prize, which included scholarships, internships, and for one winner, a trip to the Galápagos Islands with a National Geographic Explorer.

Although women make up more than half the workforce, they hold only 20 percent of engineering jobs and only about 25 percent of computer and math professional jobs. According to a study by the American Association of University Women, merely 15 percent of female freshman plan to major in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Women have advanced considerably in these fields in recent decades yet still have a long way to go.

The three winners, Lauren Hodge, Naomi Shah and Shree Bose, all completed bioscience projects. Their entries were among a staggering 7,500 projects entered in the fair. The Women's Media Center congratulates the winners and hopes it is the beginning of an upward trend for women's employment in STEM fields.