There is a continued effort to better improve U.S. workforce balance, and that includes boosting domestic growth of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields in the United States.
Dr. Mayim Bialik, also known as "Amy Farrah Fowler" on The Big Bang Theory, has found a way to inspire students to potentially explore STEM fields. I think it's incredible that Bialik is a neuroscientist, graduating with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA, and plays one on The Big Bang Theory. She's the perfect role model to not only drive STEM fields among Americans, but women - drastically outnumbered by men in tech fields - to explore very exciting, cutting-edge programs.
Instead of joining the biotech world, Bialik went to Hollywood and will have a lasting impact on improving the public image of STEM fields.
To help drive interest in STEM fields, the White House has become more active, with First Lady Michelle Obama previously saying: "If we're going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we've got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math."
Women account for half of all college-educated employees throughout the United States, but only account for 28 percent of STEM careers. There is a lot of work to be done to help drive women into STEM fields, though it's a very possible endeavor that is now more well supported by universities and corporations.
(Thanks to CraftyStiches for the first image!)