For the past eight years, Eastern Michigan University has been working with girls in Metro Detroit to spark interest in the STEM field.
Through workshops on the EMU campus, middle and high school girls have learned about coding, programming, and website creation to name a few skills.
Dr. Susan Gregory from Eastern's College of Technology has helped organize the free workshops. She explains why only about 27% of all computer science jobs are held by women.
"Part of it is that they don't see role models in the media. They see women as doctors, as lawyers, but we don't see a lot of woman portrayed in science, technology, engineering, math," said Gregory.
Over 600 girls will take part in a Digital Divas conference at EMU this Friday.
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