I love this piece. Unfortunately our industries will continue to be segregated if we don’t address the segregation in our schools. Kids are highly tracked by “gifted” programs, charter schools and educational redlining. Many potential STEM students who are low-income or kids of color are being tracked out of opportunities to access challenging educational opportunities to spur them on to pursuing tech fields. And kids who are predominantly White or Asian and male are learning the false narrative that 1) it is natural for boys to be more prevalent in tech and 2) White and Asian students are culturally predisposed to be successful in tech (read: if Black students weren’t so lazy, they wouldn’t be so underrepresented in honors and AP STEM classes.)
Add to this societal narratives that reinforce the false idea that girls aren’t naturally interested in tech. For example: Legos, coding, robotics are all marketed to boys in “normal” versions of toys, with PINK versions marketed to attract girls.
Women and people of color loose out on opportunities when they are locked out by systematic practices that reinforce bias. But, we ALL pay the price when we loose diverse perspectives that inclusive teams bring to the table. What solutions are we missing out on because we are only seeing part of the picture?
I would love to know the research you are referring to regarding the benefits of diverse teams. Can you please share some links?