Rangel students inspired to make their mark in STEM

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Statistics show that while women make up 48 percent of the U.S. workforce, they only make up 24 percent of workers in STEM fields.

Students at Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School are ready to change that after attending the Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 32nd Annual Luncheon centered on the theme: “She Who Dares.”

Dr. Hope Jahren with Irma Rangel students

The students from Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, a member of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, were among the 1,400 attendees who were challenged to do more to create greater opportunities for women and girls to lead. The event included everything from an inspirational video of three local women talking about careers in STEM to trading cards featuring 33 remarkable leaders in STEM.

Dr. Hope Jahren—an award-winning scientist, one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Influential People, best-selling author of Lab Girl and advocate for female equality in STEM—was the keynote speaker. The speech  was also streamed to more than 10,000 students at 20 schools throughout Texas.

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