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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 17, 2017

Reynolds receives STEM award

Oct 26, 2017

DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds received the national Stand Up for STEM award Tuesday at the Million Women Mentors Summit & Awards in Washington, D.C.

The Stand Up for STEM award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to include girls and women in conversations about STEM. This is the first time it has been presented at the national level.

Award presenters cited Reynolds’ ability to make a difference to the STEM movement in the United States through her deep commitment, enthusiasm and expertise.

STEM-related employment is projected to increase 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, totaling more than 8.5 million jobs. More than 75 percent of STEM workers are male. About 25 percent are female — even though women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy.

Female high school students are significantly less likely than their male counterparts to pursue a college major or career in STEM. Only 15 percent of female high school students will head down a STEM career path, as opposed to 44 percent of male high school students.

“We have to change that mind-set,” Reynolds said. “Girls and young women need to understand the vast opportunities that await them in STEM-related careers. We must join together to inspire, nurture and engage America’s girls and young women to passionately pursue STEM careers.”

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