What can be done to increase diversity in STEM fields?

Provide incentives for engineers and scientists to go to schools with a higher-than-average minority population to give meaningful demonstrations on STEM to show students what it involves.

What barriers do you see to closing the gender gap in STEM?

Use social media and television more to showcase how women in STEM contribute positively to society.

How is the world changing with respect to STEM?

Many more women have entered the career of engineering and science, especially in management roles.

What can be done to move women forward in STEM?

Encourage managers to give women challenging work and ensure opportunities for promotion are available.

Where do you see women in STEM in five years?

The number of women in a STEM area in five years will increase and perhaps be equal to the number of men in a STEM area.

Describe your experiences as a woman in a STEM career. What else would you like our readers to know about being a woman in a STEM career in 2023?

I never believed being a woman would hinder me from doing anything I wished to accomplish. Even though it appeared difficult to reach my goal, I always had the courage to try. When a challenging new project comes, I tell myself I can do it. I always believed I would be able to solve any difficult problems I encountered. Women should stand on their feet and not be dependent. Women should have the courage to try challenging STEM work and not be afraid of failure.

I believe mothers can shape their daughters’ future and we should create more events encouraging mothers to raise their daughters with STEM disciplines in mind.