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Johns Hopkins prepares women for STEM careers

Baltimore Business Journal
August 7, 2015

Careers in science, technology, math and science — now known simply as STEM — have been male-dominated for years.

That’s left many a woman, and the girls that follow them, wondering where they stand in this seemingly “boys-only” market.

“I think girls nationally are doing fine in mathematics and science,” said Christine Newman, assistant dean for the Center of Educational Outreach at Johns Hopkins University. “So it’s not about capability, it’s about exposure and interest.”

She said girls avoiding STEM careers may have something to do with subtle discouragement from parents, teachers and peers.

Newman’s Center for Educational Outreach is trying to change that. The group is focused on preparing students in Baltimore and Baltimore County for careers in STEM-related fields. It’s one of many efforts locally and nationwide trying to change the face of industries that for one reason or another had barriers to entry for women.

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