General Motors CEO Mary Barra has been an advocate for a long time for women in STEM professions, and now GM is encouraging STEM education for women and girls with grants to four non-profit organizations.
Recently Barra mentioned at a conference in New York that only 18 percent of computer science majors and 10 percent of information security professionals in the United States are female.
“We’re in the midst of transforming how our customers get from point A to point B with technology like autonomous vehicles, connectivity, electrification and car sharing,” said Barra. “By expanding and improving access to STEM education, we’re developing teachers’ and students’ capabilities.”
According to Barra, GM filled a position in a STEM field every 26 minutes in 2016. However, the gender gap was always present, as GM and other companies struggle with recruiting women.
The groups that will receive funding are Black Girls Code, Institute of Play, Code.org, and Digital Promise.