Despite the rise in the demand to fill STEM jobs, not all Americans have access to STEM education. Specifically African Americans and women are not only lacking proper STEM education but are also not represented properly in STEM fields. By increasing the representation of African American women in STEM fields we will help America achieve it’s goal of being globally competitive especially in comparison to China and India. These two competitors have outpaced the United States in relations to the number of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees in the past 15 years. Research finds that only 20% of American High School students are prepared for courses typically required for a STEM major. STEM employment is growing faster than employment in other sectors, but more STEM investment is needed. Click here to learn more.