A new Verizon Wireless ad released last month titled “Inspire Her Mind” provides a theory as to why many women often grow up with little interest in science and technology. The ad suggests that many girls are raised with a focus on their looks over their minds. Rather than telling them that they’re pretty, the ad argues we should be encouraging them to believe they’re “pretty brilliant” instead.
High school seniors are increasingly opting to pursue STEM studies after graduation. According to The Boston Globe, in Medfield, Massachusetts, just south of Boston, 27 percent of seniors this year have chosen to study computer science, mathematics, engineering, or science in college, up from 19 percent in 2007. In fact, the number of Medfield seniors declaring majors in these fields has now exceeded the traditionally popular business majors.