It might be rocket science.
And it’s within reach.
It might be rocket science. And it’s within reach.
Lisa Seacat DeLuca is an executive, a Distinguished Engineer and IBM’s most prolific female inventor, holding close to 500 patents. She is also an anomaly.
The preponderance of standouts in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) are men. That isn’t because the jobs aren’t there. Jobs in all areas of STEM are booming, and companies are actively working to create a better diversity balance in the workforce. But many of the girls with the potential to be the next Lisa Seacat DeLuca look around and don’t see themselves reflected in the tech world.
“Only 20 percent of technology professionals are female, and only 10 percent of executives in tech are women,” says DeLuca. “We need to show girls — and boys — that the stereotypes we hold about who can succeed in technology are wrong.”
Drive the conversaton with #SheCanSTEM
As a founding partner of the Ad Council’s #ShecanSTEM campaign, IBM worked with other industry leaders and philanthropic organizations to bring more girls into STEM by showcasing the achievements of role models like DeLuca.
Industry research shows that middle-school age girls begin to lose interest in STEM subjects. If we want girls to succeed in STEM, we have to show them it’s possible.