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.
Across Massachusetts, lawmakers report that there are currently two unemployed people for every one job. However, the opposite is the case for all STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs where there are twice as many jobs as applications to fill them. In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in these areas there are 150,000 new jobs created annually with salaries ranging from $50,000-$130,000, with approximately 150,000 available jobs annually. Specifically in the computer and information research field employment is expected to grow by 19 % between 2010 and 2020. It also reports that the median annual wage was just over $100,000 in May 2010.