Senator Chang Introduces SCR 15: Women and Girls in STEM Week

March 28, 2019

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I am honored to bring you SCR 15, a resolution to commemorate April 7th through April 13th  as Women and Girls in STEM Week.

We are all well aware that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are in crucial demand in California and as well as the rest of the nation. As legislators, we need to encourage today’s youth to participate in STEM fields for tomorrow’s future.

STEM careers continue to be on the rise in California and are some of the highest paying positions in any field.

While we have made progress women continue to be underrepresented in STEM Fields. Women make up nearly one-half of the working population but they only represent 26 percent of the STEM workforce.

As you all know, we cannot control the circumstances that we are born into. What we can control is the ability to promote and inspire one another to be better; to go farther than our parents did, and reach new heights, to make what once seemed impossible, possible.

Studies show that interest in STEM peaks at early ages for girls, and then declines throughout their primary and secondary education. We can do better for future generations.

We need to let girls know about the many women role models out there. Dr, Jedidah Isler, the first African American woman to earn a PhD in Astrophysics, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Dr. Ellen Stofan, Chief Scientist at NASA, continue to be a source of inspiration for women and girls.

When we highlight and celebrate individuals who have accomplished our goals, we inevitably create inspiration within ourselves to do the same.

SCR 15 creates a platform to have this conversation.

Please join me in this important effort by supporting California Women and Girls in STEM Week.