What does it all mean? Well, according to the Huffington Post article For Women to Think Mathematically, Colleges Should Think Creatively. The gender gap between the number of men vs women holding positions in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – is being called a “detriment to society.” And, it probably won’t reach equity for another century. That’s 100-years from now!
Why? It’s not that men are better in these types of positions, or even more creative! It’s just that women prefer careers that don’t involve math.
So, what can be done? Authors Theodore P. Hill and Erika Rogers suggest that colleges and universities have to be more creative to aid in fixing this problem. Their suggestions:
- Emulate nonacademic institutions like Google, Bell Labs, and IDEO, creating playrooms
- Allocate time for creativity
- Create an “innovation hothouse,” similar to Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, where innovation is taught.
Take a look at the article to get more details on the idea that by simply being creative women will be able to think mathematically and possibly take their place in STEM fields! Interesting read! -DeAndra Clark
“Science does not know its debt to imagination.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson