The United State of Women. Where Do We Stand?

The United State of Women. Where Do We Stand? 

Have you seen Jedidah Isler’s TEDTalk, “How I fell in love with quasars, blazars and our incredible universe”? Have you read about Fei-Fei Li teaching computers to think in Wired or The New York Times? What about the work Kimberly Scott is doing to introduce girls in under-resourced school districts to technology through CompuGirls?

Well, you should, because they are literally changing the way we are learning to see our universe.

Leading up to The United State of Women Summit in June, the White House is thinking a lot about how to empower women of color to unleash their strengths for the nation across a broad spectrum of possibilities from Economic Empowerment to Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Leadership & Civic Engagement. A critical component of this work is encouraging promising women and girls to enter the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

As part of this effort, the White House announced Arizona State University will lead the National STEM Collaborative, a consortium of 29 institutions of higher education and nonprofit partners committed to supporting minority girls and women in Science Technology Engineering and Math fields.

On May 20-22, 2016, The National STEM Collaborative will kick off a series of events with a Women of Color STEM Entrepreneurial Conference, “The New Normal: Women of Color Innovations and Achievements through STEM Entrepreneurship,” at Arizona State University. The conference will highlight the STEM achievements of women of color and talk about how to build on these successes encouraging entrepreneurship.

Register now for the Women of Color STEM Entrepreneurial Conference: https://cgest.asu.edu/TheNewNormal2016

The conference is jointly hosted with U.S. Department of Education’s White House Initiatives (Educational Excellence for African Americans (Initiative), Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders , Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and American Indian and Alaskan Native Education), all uniting to support increased representation of minority women in STEM courses and careers.

To learn more about the work of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, visit www.ed.gov/AfAmEducation.