Tips That Can Help Women Overcome Adversity in the STEM Industry
A guest post by Gloria Martinez, Womenled.org ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
While the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics have been predominantly male-dominated since the 18th century, the number of women working in technological fields has been steadily increasing over the years and a growing number of young women are pursuing degrees in STEM. However, disparities still remain. Here are a few tips to help you make your mark and further your career in technologies.
Start Your Own Business
If you’re an expert in your chosen field and you’d like to enjoy the perks of being your own boss, launching your own business may be the best way to grow your career in STEM. Establish yourself as a serious entrepreneur by forming an LLC and filing all the proper paperwork with the state. Apply for an Employer Identification Number in order to open business bank accounts, file your tax returns, and hire employees down the line. Avoid the headaches and hassles of doing all the work yourself by hiring a formation service. Contact your local chamber of commerce and promote your services using social media sites or traditional advertisement. Before long, you’ll soon find clients eager to hire you for your talents.
Address Gender Inequality at Work
Gender bias is particularly obvious in STEM careers. Women are often passed up for promotions or to work on special projects simply because their managers assume they can’t be as involved and focused as their male counterparts, and even more so if they have young children to care for. And in a male-dominated field, female employees can have a harder time speaking up for themselves. Instead, they tend to monitor what they say for fear they may reinforce the stereotype that “women are not good at science”. But companies achieve a greater level of success when a more diverse group of people work together, bringing different skills and perspectives to the table, so make sure you get your voice heard at work and make a difference in the workplace.
Find a Mentor
Young women are often discouraged to pursue careers in STEM because they can’t find strong role models to emulate. If you have a degree in computer science and technology…