Posted July 8th, 2013
Science has a girl problem. Though women are statistically more likely to attend and excel in college than men, they remain grossly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. That could spell trouble, and not just for the women left out of the STEM equation. According to Nature, women in STEM progress scientific knowledge and achievement by boosting innovation and creativity. They also help ensure new research does not alienate half the population. Some experts blame this gender gap on cultural bias, while others say girls are just too good at other things. Whatever the cause, the American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence believes at least part of the solution is cultivating more female STEM role models, especially in the classroom. Fortunately, there are a number of female STEM professors already spearheading that effort, and often quite deliberately. Here are ten of them.