STEM professionals solve some of the world's most pressing problems using ingenuity, teamwork, expertise, and creativity. These fields need everyone!
However, as of 2019, only 34% of STEM professionals were women. Research shows that girls' self-efficacy in STEM begins to decline in middle school, even when they are capable in math and science. Gender-expansive youth face systemic barriers to participation in STEM. The Ann Drake Girls in STEM Initiative aims to remove barriers in STEM so that girls and gender-expansive youth can use their unique gifts to pursue whatever career they choose.