Why Gender Balance Matters

Maine's technology education gender gap is significantly worse than that of the nation as a whole. In 2016, only 14% of Maine Computer Science AP exam takers were female, compared to the national average of 23%.

This gender education gap paves the way toward a gender pay gap in adulthood.   A Maine woman working full time earns about 79¢ for every dollar the average Maine man makes.  The fact that men are more likely to go into high-paying fields like computer science and engineering, a phenomenon called occupational segregation, is a “major factor behind the pay gap,” with some sources quantifying it as being responsible for 63% of the gap.

Don't our girls deserve the chance to explore their potential interest in technology through programs designed from the ground up to be as welcoming and appealing to girls as they are to boys?

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We want our daughters to come home excitedly sharing about how they have built parachutes, programmed a computer, coded a digital story, and countless other hands-on experiences that will stay with them forever. Ruth Kermish-Allen, Executive Director, Maine Math & Science Alliance
We must take steps to ensure that girls and other underrepresented groups are participating (in computer science) at a rate proportional to their representation in the school population. Maine STEM Council - Education and Workforce Plan 2.0