The commitment chart: “Steering girls to STEM” is an OPEN DOCUMENT, annually updated, which describes the shared objectives and the targeted actions that the organizing committee and the supporting committee undertake to carry out in order to make the careers in STEM subjects more attractive for young women (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
The associations involved in the PROMOTING COMMITTEE have long commenced the analysis of problems that represent a brake on this attractiveness and have promoted specific actions within their reference sectors. However, they share the idea that, in order to progress in a profitable and effective way, a coordination action is necessary to maximize the results and reduce the efforts put in the actions taken, so that the duplication of activities can be avoided. This document defines the intentions to support one another the initiatives proposed, highlighting the best practices and promoting a sharing of the skills. In this constantly evolving path, the organizing committee will be sustained by a SUPPORTING COMMITTEE, which will involve other associations willing to support this initiative with a commitment limited to a subset of the objectives and actions proposed.
The first writing (version 1.0) is based on what emerged from the 2nd meeting of the IEEE Italy Section Women in Engineering (WIE) Affinity Group, held in Palermo on September 12, 2018. This meeting was organized in two roundtables:
- – the first one, aimed at identifying the initiatives, tools and best practices already shared to make careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) more attractive for young women;
- – the second, with the aim of identifying any needs for the future.
The commitment chart has gathered these needs and has conveyed them into a list of objectives and actions that will have to be taken in the near future according to the times and methods indicated below.