What Do The Experts Say About the Importance of Educating Women|
Regarding Non-Traditional Fields?
We have found over the years that girls tend to have very little
information or awareness about [technical careers] other than what
is provided through role models in their families and communities...
We need to help [young women] understand that the world of work is
for everyone and every person can do any job that they choose to do.
Director, Access for Women
New York City Technical College
Nothing will change unless we address the education process and what is happening to girls in the schools...[The school system] has not provided the information for young women and girls to know that there are opportunities out there beyond what they have seen on television or learned in their homes.
NEW - Nontraditional Employment for Women
Women continue to be grossly under-represented in fields that
are nontraditional for their gender. For example, girls make
up 87 percent of students enrolled in career and technical
education classes leading to traditionally female occupations
while they comprise only 15 percent of those taking classes
in traditionally male fields. Even worse, in some fields
[computer and information sciences] women's gains are slowly
National Women's Law Center, 6/19/2008