Some of the greatest scientists of our time have been women. These women had to fight their way to get the recognition they deserved, largely in part because the scientific community was viewed as being dominated by men. In light of this obstacle, many women still managed to stand out and demonstrate to their peers and the world that women could be remarkable.
One of the most notable woman scientists was Marie Curie. She helped develop and create the concepts relating to radioactivity and discovered two radioactive substances: polonium and radium. Due to her unrelenting work in this area of science, Marie Curie was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize not once, but twice. The first time was in 1903, in physics, and the second time was in 1913, in chemistry.
To further encourage women to enter into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, President Obama created the Educate to Innovate initiative in November 2009. This initiative was launched in order to enable students of both sexes to have access to education in STEM courses. One of the long-term goals of this movement is to help pave the wave for our future scientists to become recognized for their achievements and make them the leading experts in their respective fields.
Over the past seven years, the Obama Administration has continued to encourage young people, including females, to take advantage of available STEM programs in their public school systems. In addition, his administration has continued to expand their efforts to ensure more students have access to the latest technologies and skilled teachers by bringing STEM-related education to more schools across the country.
Did you know President Obama was the first president in history to learn how to write computer code, which he wrote in 2014? In January of this year, he launched a new initiative called “Computer Science for All.” Under this new program, the federal government is investing over $4 billion in states and $100 million in school districts to help them expand computer science programs at the K-12 school levels.
Even though his presidency is coming to an end, President Obama is still responsible for developing the federal budget for 2017. The president has plans to continue to provide funding for various STEM-related initiatives, including the Computer Science for All program, as part of the 2017 budget proposal.
For young women and ladies considering a career in a STEM-related field, aside from the ability to help shape the future of science, technology, engineering, and math, they also have the opportunity to change people’s perceptions about women in these fields. Not to mention, women in STEM fields tend to not experience the wage gap between males and females common in other non-STEM fields.
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