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Saturday, March 28, 2015

VIDEO: Atlantic High student speaks out on gender gap in science, math

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"When Palm Beach County School Board members recognized March as National Women’s History Month on Wednesday, they decided to recognize several high-achieving women." summarizes Andrew Marra, Education reporter. 

Among them: Meera Radhakrishnan, a 17-year-old standout student at Atlantic Community 
High School in Delray Beach.

Student takes on gender gap in STEM studies 

But Radhakrishnan didn’t just want to stand and be recognized. She had a message to deliver.

In a brief speech to school board members and the audience, the National Merit Scholarship finalist called attention to the stubborn gender gap in math, science, technology and engineering fields.

Not just an issue at the professional level, she suggested that the problems may start as early as high school.

“Although this disparity of interests doesn’t seem to exist in students’ early years in elementary and middle school, it is clearly apparent in high school and onwards,” she said.

Related links  
March is Women's History Month
Women's History Month (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Source: Palm Beach Post (blog)
and Extra Credit (Palm Beach) Channel (YouTube) 

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