The National Girls Collaborative Project podcast, "Empowering Change: Women and Girls in STEM", aims to shed light on the challenges faced by women and girls in STEM fields and explore actionable steps to foster gender equality and inclusivity. Our dynamic guests lead us through thought-provoking discussions, expert insights, and inspiring stories, we delve into the current status of women and girls in STEM, breaking stereotypes, and highlight effective strategies for taking action. Hosted by NGCP’s Director of Strategic Partnerships Nancy Scales-Coddington, we amplify the perspectives of women and girls in STEM, educate and inspire our listeners, and foster a collective commitment towards creating a more inclusive and equitable future.
In our first episode, we explore the crucial role of early childhood experiences in shaping girls' interest and engagement in STEM. Our guest, Dr. Amanda Sullivan, an expert in early childhood development, shares insights on fostering curiosity, challenging gender stereotypes, and providing equal opportunities from a young age. She is the author of Breaking the STEM Stereotype: Reaching Girls in Childhood, a book exploring the various social, cultural, and psychological reasons behind persistent gender disparity in STEM fields. We will discuss the impact of early childhood experiences on long-term attitudes towards STEM and strategies to create an inclusive environment that encourages girls to explore and excel in STEM fields.
Cheryan, S., Master, A., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2015). Cultural stereotypes as gatekeepers: Increasing girls’ interest in computer science and engineering by diversifying stereotypes. Frontiers in Psychology.
Master, A., Meltzoff, A. N., & Cheryan, S. (2021). Gender stereotypes about interests start early and cause gender disparities in computer science and engineering. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Sullivan, A. & Bers, M.U. (2018). Investigating the use of robotics to increase girls' interest in engineering during early elementary school. International Journal of Technology and Design Education.