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Monday, September 19 • 9:00am - 11:00am
(REF 19047) Bridging the Gender Gap in STEAM: The Youth Perspective

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Only 17 women have won a Nobel Prize in physics, chemistry or medicine since Marie Curie in 1903, compared to 572 men. Today, a mere 28% of all of the world’s researchers are women. Such stark disparities and inequalities do not happen by chance. Too many young girls are held back by discrimination, biases, social norms and expectations that influence the quality of education they receive and the subjects they study. The under-representation of women in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) is a detrimental injustice. Our primary objective is to showcase women who are leading organisations dedicated to removing obstacles, providing education, and creating motivation agents for girls in STEAM so that everyday girls are given the opportunity to join the field. Another worldwide message that will be spread through our session is the importance of education and how it is possible that girls organisations can bridge the STEAM gender gap much better than institutions can. Along with increasing the reach of female-led organisations, our session will give 5 pieces of advice to teachers, policymakers, and parents as to how they can contribute in creating safe, educational, and motivational environments for girls through education so that they can be part of the solution in bridging the STEAM gender gap.

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Ramona Karimi

Founder, Quantum Learning Girls
Since age seven I've had my fingers glued to a keyboard. I was always the one that family and peers looked to for advice on technology. Whether someone needed help installing an application, navigating tech bugs, or simply had no idea how to work with their computer, I'd always be... Read More →

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Nyx Iskandar

Founder & CEO, NexLiber
Nyx is a coder, athlete, and founder who loves to create for the community. Passionate about computer science, Nyx loves to experiment with the unprecedented and innovate impactful solutions in her research, entrepreneurial, and service-learning pursuits. Nyx also has passions outside... Read More →
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Vaishnavi Manivannan

Founder, Executive Director, Women In Research
Vaishnavi Manivannan is a 17 year old rising senior at ABA Oman International School. She is the Founder & Executive Director of Women In Research (WiResearch), an international organization that aims to aid young girls, non-binary and transgender individuals from under-resourced... Read More →
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Clare Flaherty

Founder, Be The Change
Clare Flaherty, a high school junior in the United States, is founder and director of Be The Change, a 501(c)(3) organized for educational and scientific purposes. Clare is a recipient of The President’s Volunteer Service Award (GOLD) and the Prudential Spirit of Community Award... Read More →
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Etasha Donthi

Founder, Gen Tech Labs and She The Change
Etasha Donthi, 17, is a fiercely passionate activist, entrepreneur, and change-maker, actively working towards bridging the gender gap in male-dominated fields by amplifying the voices of women. She is the founder and CEO of She The Change, a nationally-recognized podcast with a... Read More →

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Ramin Sedehi

Founder, Impact Human Learning
Ramin is passionate about closing the gaps between science, education, society, and policymakers to understand the depth and breadth of humanity's challenges. To impact the health of communities, improve educational markers, and, most importantly, uphold democratic values and build... Read More →

Monday September 19, 2022 9:00am - 11:00am EDT