Refinery 29 – Eva Longoria
“Today is 50/50 Day — a day of conversations about the leadership, economic, political, and social changes needed to achieve a more equal world for girls and women. Given that more than 25% of Latinas live in poverty, I am keenly aware of the financial hardships we face and our underrepresentation in positions of power — from board rooms to the halls of Congress.
Closing the gender divide in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is one of the most effective ways to achieve equality. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that there will be 1.1 million computing-related job openings by 2024. More than half of these jobs may go unfilled due to the insufficient pool of qualified college graduates. The job market is changing rapidly, and those in the workforce will need computing, engineering, and physics skills to be ready for the future world of work. Today, however, only 3% of Latina women are represented in STEM fields.”(more)