ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) –This May, the American Heart Association is raising women’s heart health awareness and facilitating the exploration of opportunities available to at Virginia Western Community College during the ‘STEM Goes Red’ event.

“Despite women accounting for more than half of the college-educated workforce, a troubling gender gap persists in STEM careers. Women, especially women of color, make up a small share of scientists and engineers. Of 100 female students working toward a bachelor’s degree, only three will work in a STEM job 10 years after graduation.” — The American Heart Association

The Roanoke ‘STEM Goes Red’ is a career day event taking place on May 19th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and featuring a showcase of STEM careers and opportunities available to 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade girls in the Roanoke City School Public System.

Mother and worker for the American Heart Association, Christie Steele-Garcia, shared, “I am personally passionate about creating opportunities like STEM Goes Red so that young women can see themselves in spaces and career paths where they have been historically underrepresented.” The gender gap in STEM careers can be a major obstacle for young women entering these fields.

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