Investing in Girls’ STEM Education in Developing Countries

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Posted Sep 22, 2019 | Council on Foreign Relations, Meighan Stone, Rachel Vogelstein

Worldwide, women account for just 35 percent of students enrolled in higher-education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects, and less than 30 percent of students aiming at careers in ICT fields. By the end of tertiary education, women make up only three percent of ICT graduates globally. In their report for the Council on Foreign Relations, Meighan Stone and Rachel Vogelstein suggest that the  education gender gap costs the world between $15 trillion and $30 trillion in human capital. They call on the U.S. government to take four steps to improve STEM opportunities for girls in the developing world:  Invest an additional $100 million in girls’ STEM education in fiscal year 2020; improve gender-disaggregated data monitoring; leverage public-private partnerships to translate education into STEM employment; and encourage other governments to invest in girls’ STEM education.


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