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HIDDEN FIGURES TO MODERN FIGURES

April 21, 2017 12:00 PM


EVALYN GATES, PH.D., AND JANET L. KAVANDI, PH.D.
The movie Hidden Figures, released in December 2016, tells the story of the women who played a crucial, but often overlooked, role in the space race and John Glenn's successful orbital mission in 1962. These women's stories serve as a benchmark to show how far women in the workplace have come, but also how far there is to go, especially for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. In the 60 or so years since these women worked as engineers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), women’s labor has expanded the economy by an estimated $2 trillion dollars.

Despite the fact that, in K-12 education, girls are just as likely as boys to enroll in advanced math and science classes and the fact that women today are more likely than men to graduate from college and go on to pursue an advanced degree, women still account for less than 20 percent of engineering degrees and trail in STEM degrees on the whole. Women hold nearly half of all the jobs in the U.S. economy, but they hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs - and these numbers are even lower for women of color.

Join us for a discussion with Evalyn Gates, Ph.D., Cleveland Museum of Natural History's Executive Director and CEO, and Janet L. Kavandi, Ph.D., Director of NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center, on the impacts of increasing women in STEM and the structural and social barriers that still face women.

Tickets: $20 members/$35 nonmembers.

For more details visit: https://www.cityclub.org/events/hidden-figures-to-modern-figures





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