In a speech to the United Nations, actress Emma Watson candidly expressed her perspective in regard to feminism, women rights, and gender equality. The speech, which called for action from men, women and the spectrum of genders, presented a realistic and somewhat grim picture of the current status of women’s rights around the world. Today, in United States we face very limited progress towards the inclusion of women in fields such as Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering. Presented in this article are specific statistics of women with degrees in Science and Engineering that illustrate an asymptote in progress in math-intensive fields. I conclude with ideas to inspire, integrate, and retain more women in Engineering, so that STEM may serve as a passport towards equality.
I knew my idea was not unique, mainly because it was originated by a collective need. Just like many others, I felt the need of having a voice and to form a space for a community that will represent the women in science of Puerto Rico. A special community dedicated to put in the spotlight Puerto Rican women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This was my personal desire, my aspiration, that I share with many other women and men who expressed their joy when the Borinqueña blog was born.
CienciaPR website throughout time. March, 2006 (left). Right, August, 2011
CienciaPR.org was established in 2006 with the mission of providing a site in where the members of the scattered Puerto Rican scientific community could have a meeting point. Thanks to the support of thousands of users and a dedicated group of volunteer scientists, in five years, CienciaPR have exceeded the initial expectations becoming one of the scientific portals of more coverage in Puerto Rico and Latin America.