Wyoming’s Council for Women’s Issues will host its ninth annual career fair next month.
Open to high school girls in 9th and 10th grade, the Go WEST! fair will highlight careers in science, technology, engineering and math – fields largely dominated by men. According to the national science foundation, just 18.6 percent of US undergraduate engineering students were female in 2011.
Carma Corra, chairperson of Wyoming’s Council for Women’s Issues, says knowing the options is the first step to getting girls interested in studying science and math.
"We have a responsibility to tell girls that they have opportunities in those careers. You know there was a time when women weren’t allowed underground in the mines and then that all changed," she said.
The fair will be held at Casper College. Registration is open through September fifth.