This may be the year of “Women in …” events. From talks to panels to support groups, the conversation around getting more women into science, technology, engineering, math and related fields is nearly unavoidable — and for good reason. Men dominate those industries.
Many of these events focus on the challenges women face. They highlight hiring biases, insufficient training, a lack of mentorship and the social pressures that persuade women to avoid or leave STEM. But they too often fail to feature female STEM leaders’ work. The emphasis instead highlights the obstacles.