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  • Empowering Women in the Workplace in the Fight for Equal Pay

    Women worked 72 more days in 2024 to make the same amount men made last year. This phenomenon is known as the gender pay gap, the difference between men and women’s annual income. As of 2024, women make an average of 84 cents to a man’s dollar, for doing the same work. In STEM, male professionals make about $15,000 more than women. When comparing men in STEM to Black or Latina women, that gap increases by more than two-times, to $33,000.

  • International Women’s Day 2024: Celebrating and Elevating Women in STEM

    Happy International Women’s Day! For International Women’s Day 2024, we’re celebrating women across STEM fields and professions. While men still outnumber women in STEM industries, there are over 12 million women who work in STEM!

  • Harmonizing Black Music History with STEM Geared at Social Change

    Unveil the intersection of music, Black history, and STEM principles as Chicago-based artist Moyana Olivia navigates the rhythm of her music career and studies in musicology at Northwestern University. Black music history is a crucial part of her music career, education, and inspirations.

  • Diversity in Design Is on the Rise

    Do you think of Design as a STEM field? It is! Whether it be fashion design, editorial design, motion design, or illustration, the design field is built on STEM practices. Design is where creativity is executed through STEM, making it a great outlet for artists to transform their ideas into something tangible. As is true in any STEM field, gender disparities are present in design…but they may not be what you expect.

  • On International Day of Education, women in STEM reflect on project-based education

    On International Day of Education, people across the globe celebrate education as a human right and consider ways to improve equal access to education. And as the gender gap in STEM remains an educational equity concern. One solution that has been increasingly used is project-based STEM education. Educators teaching various levels and subjects have incorporated project-based learning to help students better retain information, but this tactic has been especially useful in boosting interest in STEM among women and closing the gender gap in related fields.

  • Young Activists are Using STEM to Overcome Barriers to Social Change

    Young changemakers are redefining what it means to ignite social change by utilizing a crucial element: STEM. By incorporating modern technology, engineering skills, and scientific knowledge, young women are creating innovative solutions that defy geographical barriers and make a widespread impact.

  • Breaking Down Barriers In STEM Fields: Woodwork

    Breaking down barriers across the STEM field is a constant battle for women and non-binary individuals. Woodwork is one of those fields.

  • Holiday Shopping Season: Young Entrepreneurs are Optimizing Their Business with STEM

    It’s official: holiday shopping season has begun and young entrepreneurs are digging into their STEM skills to keep businesses successful. While millions of consumers across the U.S. will take advantage of deals from nationwide companies, the holiday shopping season is especially important for young women and non-binary-owned businesses, which are on the rise since the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the pandemic hit, women have consistently founded half of new U.S. businesses every year. Prior to the pandemic, an average of only 29% of new small businesses annually were piloted by women.

  • Holiday STEM Project Presents

    The Holidays are approaching, and if you're still in search of unique gifts, check out these STEM projects compiled by Built By Girls.

  • Transgender Awareness Month: Celebrating Individuals in STEM

    November marks Transgender Awareness Month - a month that is more important than ever for transgender people in STEM fields. Transgender and gender non-conforming continue in a STEM major at a rate about 10% lower than cisgender peers.

  • Women to learn about on National STEAM/STEM Day

    National STEM/STEAM Day celebrates and acknowledges how far we have come in the field. Early 2000s studies showed U.S. students lag behind their peers in STEM.

  • Schools Increasingly Offer Free Period Products for Equity and Accessibility

    Thanks to the work of students and advocates, period products are increasingly being offered for free in public bathrooms. As of 2023, half of the states across the U.S. have passed legislation requiring free period products to be available in school restrooms.

  • History Teacher to U.S. Representative: Jahana Hayes

    With recent infringements upon the rights of members of marginalized communities — most of whom are merely seeking to access and maintain how they manage their lives, liberties, and pursuits of happiness — it is important to know who’s in their corner, fighting the good fight. Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, who is in charge of representing Connecticut’s 5th district, is one such person.

  • Built By Girls Ambassador Program

    Do you love all things STEM?! Are you a Social Media Maven?! We’re looking for Ambassadors to our Built By Girls program.

  • Latinx Women Pioneering the Future of Aerospace Engineering

    September 15 marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month- and what a better time to celebrate Latinx women in STEM! Latinx women are one of the most underrepresented identities in STEM fields, making up only 3% of STEM fields. While Hispanic scientists, engineers, and mathematicians are underrepresented in general, Hispanic women are 28% less likely to get Bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields than male counterparts.

  • Back-to-School Study Tips to Avoid Stress

    It’s officially back-to-school season! With the chaos of saying goodbye to summer, getting used to a college workload again, and even moving back into dorms for some, this is a stressful time for any student.

  • Study Abroad: A Journey of Growth and Global Citizenship

    In September of 2022 I, like hundreds of thousands of other U.S. students, packed my bags and embarked on a study abroad year. Roughly 63% of college students expressed interest in study abroad in 2017, but only about 14.3% ended up actually going abroad. Things happen, life happens, and the idea of living in another country can seem daunting, but that shouldn't stop you from exploring, learning, and growing. Studying abroad is an invaluable experience that allows for more cultural sensitivity, less bias, mutual understanding, and more global awareness in all forms – whether it be new perspectives on historical and current events or simply a new hobby.

  • Inspiring Diversity in Actuarial Science for Women & Non-Binary Individuals in STEM

    The actuarial field, a domain within STEM, continues to be predominantly male-dominated with a persistent gender wage gap and lacking in diversity. However, amidst these challenges, a trailblazing woman has emerged, leaving a lasting impact in the actuarial sector and empowering diverse voices while mentoring aspiring individuals.

  • Top Five: Things to do Before O(rientation) Week at College

    The transition from high school to college is anything but easy. This being the first time most students are away from their family and home for an extended period, it can be stressful. However, we met with current women in STEM at universities across the US to hear their advice for those entering college in the fall. We rounded up the top five (lesser known) things to do before O(rientation)Week begins.

  • The Intersection of Queer Representation in High Tech

    The worlds of Queer representation and the technology industry may not seem to intersect, but the two have an interesting relationship: as rights wane for LGBTQ* individuals in the United States, the technology industry is also seeing a downturn in jobs available. When considering the fact that the 2023 pride month ended with a Supreme Court ruling that sided with a homophobic plaintiff, and the way in which the tech industry is seeing unprecedented layoffs due to an economy that’s seeing a potential (honestly, likely) recession, the modern day feels more and more like it’s backsliding directly into the past.