Liz Elting, Founder and CEO of the Elizabeth Elting Foundation and advocate for women's equality, will be joining forces with the American Heart Association to encourage and empower young women and girls interested in careers in science and technology with STEM Goes Red. The day-long event, to be held at the New York Academy of Sciences on April 20, will include an exciting panel discussion, hands-on speed mentoring, and a full-day of interactive activities allowing high school girls to explore STEM outside of the classroom.
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields are still overwhelmingly dominated by men, despite women demonstrably excelling in academic settings, and women are both less likely to enter and more likely to depart careers in these areas. In fact, according to a study by Catalyst, women are almost twice as likely to leave STEM careers than men. And with roughly 35 women in the New York City area dying from stroke or cardiovascular illness each day, it's important to begin raising up the next generation of women scientists, doctors, and researchers in the fight for the future of women's health.