Chelsea Clinton Wants More Girls Involved In STEM
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Taken from Marketplace TECH Report
Interview by Ben Johnson
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – 05:00
Chelsea Clinton has been out in force these past few weeks. Last week, she spoke at an event in New York City for Google’s pledge of $50 million dollars to close the gender gap in the tech industry. This week, she’s in Denver, Colorado for the Clinton Foundation’s event Clinton Global Initiative America, where she’s been hosting conversations about getting women and girls to engage with careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The disparity between the number of women and men in STEM fields is no secret. It’s a problem that Clinton says starts as early as middle school.
“Research is saying that teachers call on girls less than they call on boys in math and a science classes…which sends an invisible but insidious message their opinions aren’t as valued as boys,” says Clinton.
She also cites research showing that gender and race can play a role in the effectiveness of medical treatment, which makes increasing diversity in the science and medical fields all the more important.
Recently, Clinton’s $600,000 salary as a correspondant for NBC came under scrutiny. When asked if she felt the response was inherently gendered, Clinton pointed to a need for a larger conversation about opportunity for women on all levels instead of zeroing in on top earners like Sheryl Sandberg or Meg Whitman.
“The real question is how do we ensure that there are both equal opportunities for women, and that that work is valued commensurately…one of the challenges is, you know, we have so many fewer women, that those comparisons are still just hard to make,” says Clinton.
In her own life, Clinton credits her parents for encouraging her to have diverse interests — she still remembers when Santa Claus brought her a commodore computer.
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