Encouraging Math-Hating Girls and Women to Become Tech Leaders | Emily Avant | TEDxBeaconStreet

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From STEM to STEAM: Encouraging Math-Hating Girls and Women to Become Tech Leaders.

In spite of our best efforts to steer more girls towards STEM (i.e., Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) interests, the technology industry is still a very male-dominated field. I believe that the technology industry can address this gender imbalance by welcoming girls and women who may have strayed from the STEM path back into the world of tech. Girls and women who have strong imaginations, creative talents, and the ability to “dream big” have special gifts that can lead to the development of revolutionary technology. Let’s broaden our focus from STEM to STEAM (where the “A” stands for “arts”) and empower women and girls with diverse backgrounds to succeed in the tech industry.

Emily Avant is a technology attorney and STEAM (i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) evangelist. She focuses on drones, mobile applications, and “big data,” and led the efforts of her company, CNN, in obtaining the first license from the federal government to operate drones over people. Emily is a passionate advocate for gender equality in the technology industry and believes in creating opportunities for girls and women to succeed in the field of tech at all stages of their lives. Emily lives in Atlanta with her husband, Sewell, and two children. She is an avid kayaker and is a voracious consumer of news and politics.

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4 Responses

  1. Drvinnieboombatts says:

    All threw school women have just not good with logic and figuring things out; get over it.

  2. Kimberly Brabson says:

    I need to do better in Mathematics!!!

  3. Eleven : Eleven says:

    Technology lawyer isn't STEM. She's faking it. I'd like to see her explain that formula…

    At around IQ 140 men outnumber women 8:1. Above 160…forget it.

  4. zummotv says:

    Why we have too few women leaders?

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