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Let’s fix this lack of diversity in science & engineering!

Darce

Water resources specialist Darcy, always looking up.

I was one of the only female scientists in Biohabitats when I joined the firm in 1998. Today, female scientists and engineers make up nearly half of our staff.

Although the ratio of females to males in science careers has increased over the last several decades, this chart, posted by the National Science Foundation, shows that white males still dominate the fields, by quite a margin.

Darce&Ava

Darcy and her daughter in Alaska.

The lack of racial diversity in my field, particularly among women is concerning.  At Biohabitats, we talk a lot about the interconnectedness of everything on this planet, and the importance of biodiversity. The human communities of our industry should be as diverse and thriving as the healthy, ideal ecosystems we strive to heal.  We clearly have a long way to go, but I’m hopeful.

My daughter has a strong connection to the natural world and she loves science! She’s not alone. On September 14th, I’ll be volunteering along with some of my colleagues to present a science workshop to participants in Baltimore’s Girls and STEM Summit.

I can’t wait to help expose Baltimore City middle and high school girls to the awesome career opportunities that exist in ecological restoration, conservation planning and regenerative design.

Who knows, maybe a few years from now, some of these girls might be my colleagues!

 

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