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Simmons Study on Gender Disparities featured in New York Times, Boston Business Journal

(November 30, 2012) -- On November 8, 2012, Simmons College and Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts presented findings from their joint study "Dreaming Big: What’s Gender Got to Do With It?"

The survey explores the impact of continuing gender disparities on the career aspirations of middle school girls and boys, and it features responses from more than 1,600 middle school students in New England, New York, and Pennsylvania. The findings indicate that while girls have strong career aspirations, they view their options as being more limited than those for boys. Girls also ignore non-traditional opportunities in emerging fields and more highly paid careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

"We need to look at girl- and women-serving organizations holistically to build up and empower women across the spectrum," said Simmons President Helen G. Drinan. She encouraged conference attendees to think creatively about using their connections to facilitate change and collaborate on initiatives that will move the needle forward for women in academia and the workplace.

Helen G. Drinan, Rachel Simmons, and Ruth BramsonPresident Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM; Rachel Simmons, Girls Leadership Institute; and Ruth Bramson, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

In addition to President Drinan, conference presenters included: Rachel Simmons, Girls Leadership Institute; Ruth Bramson, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts; Kaitie Chakoian, Girls LEAP; Connie Chow, Science Club for Girls; Patricia Driscoll, Girls Inc.; Renee Murphy, EMC; Erika O'Bannon, Science Club for Girls; and Mia Roberts, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

To learn more about the study's findings, please see President Drinan's op-ed in the Boston Business Journal as well as write-ups in the New York Times and the Simmons Press Room.



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