Ladies, let me introduce you to WSS
In a world, where new discoveries and inventions are constantly gaining traction, the demand for professionals with an education in STEM continues to grow. STEM education, is commonly defined as
“an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise,”
“Employment in STEM occupations grew by 10.5 percent, or 817,260 jobs, between May 2009 and May 2015, compared with 5.2 percent net growth in non-STEM occupations.”
The Women in Science Society (WSS), is committed to establishing an environment of motivation and mutual support for undergraduate women pursuing their degrees in STEM by providing networking, service and leadership opportunities for its members. As an organization, we strive to encourage the equal representation of women in the STEM workforce, by ensuring that undergraduate women have the support and resources they need to successfully complete their degrees- the first step in entering the STEM workforce.
According to a U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 study,
when it comes to women, according to National Girls Collaborative Project, “Women remain underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce, with the greatest disparities occurring in engineering, computer science, and physical sciences.” The same study notes that, “although women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, they only make up 29% of the science and engineering workforce."
As you can see, the representation of women STEM is severely lacking, despite the fact that we are just as intelligent, capable, and dedicated as our male classmates. We, the Women in Science Society, want to combat this by working to promote, educate, and motivate undergraduate women in STEM.
As an undergraduate woman in STEM myself, I think I speak on behalf of all of us when I say that we don’t need to be reminded that our classes, majors, or minors are difficult- we know that, and we are choosing to pursue them regardless. What we need, and what WSS provides, is someone to study
And I, am Lauren Eastwood! Hi! I am one of the Features Writers for WSS and will be writing blog posts for all you readers out there.
Here’s a little bit about me...
I am: 19 years old, I am a sophomore at San Diego State University with a major in International Business and minor in Computer Science, I am a feminist, and a hispanic woman of color.
I hope to: work for Nonprofit organizations across the globe to increase education and job opportunities in impoverished countries. Specifically, I would love to work hands on, teaching girls in impoverished countries basic STEM education to help them purse careers outside of land work and forced motherhood.
But for now: I am involved in WSS, Greenlove, Delta Gamma Sorority, Delta Beta Tau Fraternity, a nonprofit called Angkor 4 Kids from my hometown that helps orphans in Cambodia, and work part-time at a restaurant.
I love: the color yellow, music festivals, my puppies at home Sammy, Riley and Tre, New York City, mac n’ cheese, pugs, traveling, The Office, my best friend Kennah, helping people in need, and being an older sister to three amazing siblings.
I hope to: use this blog to help women successfully navigate through the STEM world! I am new to the STEM world as of this year, and oh my, it is NOT easy girlfriend, but when I joined WSS, I felt like I could do it, no questions asked and got as involved as I could from the start. I hope to be a friend to all of you and someone you can count on, not for perfection or failure, but for just for those life moments when you wish you had someone to talk to.
Thank you for checking out my first post!
I am looking forward to writing for you all this semester :)
Wishing you the Best,
with us, someone to support us, and yeah, sometimes, someone to help us remember how to draw a molecule. But the point is–the women of WSS are here for you, and want to help you succeed through what is arguably the hardest part of getting to work in STEM- undergrad.
We are simply,
empowered women empowering women.