GOOD NEWS #1 – As of 2016 Black women have been the most educated group in US, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
GOOD NEWS #2 – College students who graduate with degrees in pharmaceutical science and computer, chemical and industrial engineering tend to go on to earn high incomes.
NOT SO GOOD NEWS – African Americans tend to be under-represented in those majors – less than any other group. They study low-er earning majors – a lot of psychology, education, humanities…
VERY GOOD NEWS – Mainstream media has been raving about how inspiring Black Panther has been for young black women interested in STEM*. In the technologically advanced world of Wakanda, it isn’t a man who is behind the kingdom’s latest innovations, it’s the hero T’Challa’s younger sister, Shuri. She’s female, she’s black and she’s amazing in her role.
This is a first for Hollywood and very encouraging for our girls who yearn to look up to someone that not only resembles them, racially, but is just as capable.
- What are some of the reasons we encourage our girls to pursue certain careers?
- Why are they ending up in these lower income careers?
- Is it our role as mothers to steer them in a particular career path or should they discover their purpose on their own?
- Should earning potential be the main incentive for girls of color when pursuing a career?
- Can they be wealthy, successful and balanced, happy women? Can they have it all?
- Does our gender and racial history influence our professional choices and outcomes?
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