FinTech executive Monica Eaton-Cardone notes that the crisis also underscores the need to encourage women to make careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
With society all but entirely upended, it has left a drastic need to push for more education in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and math—and this presents prime opportunities for women especially, says Monica Eaton-Cardone, an entrepreneur and IT executive specializing in risk management and fraud prevention.
“It is very important that we continue to nurture the minds we will need to create our future—particularly those of young women seeking to enter the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” Eaton-Cardone says.
While significant progress has been made in healthcare—more than 60% of physicians under the age of 35 in the U.S. are female (5)—women still constitute a small minority of recent graduates in engineering (19.7%) and computer and information science (18.7%).
Statistics suggest that underrepresentation is far more significant for women of color— in 2015-2016, of bachelor’s degrees across all STEM fields in the U.S., 5.0% went to Asian women, 2.9% went to black women, and 3.8% went to Latinas.