Shaping History through STEM Careers
Learn how some of the women who work at CDC use their STEM expertise to help keep the nation and world safe and healthy.
STEM careers are important to public health and CDC accomplishing its work. Many staff combine STEM expertise with public health and love what they do! Thirteen CDC women share their stories and how their early dreams, fears, imagination, rejections, and family circumstances fueled their interests and discovery of STEM fields and fulfilling public health careers. They also provide advice to girls and young women interested in STEM careers and provide some basics for building a great career.
They are chemists, behavioral and health scientists, health educator, toxicologist, epidemiologist, physicians, microbiologist, engineer, and a prevention effectiveness fellow. They illustrate how having a diverse and skilled workforce enables CDC to deepen and strengthen its ability to respond to health threats, prevent injury and disease, address disparities, and conduct research.
Women have historically been underrepresented in STEM careers, although they consist of half of the US. workforce. Lack of female role models, gender stereotyping, and lack of family friendly and flexible work environments are possible contributing factors to these discrepancies.1During Women's History Month 2014, the theme of which is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, we celebrate the progress and opportunities for women in STEM fields at CDC.
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- U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration (2011, August). Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation [PDF - 600KB].
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