City Club Fridays @ the Library

Friday, April 21, 2017, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: Parma-Snow -

Audiences: Adults

Event Type: General


Evalyn Gates, Ph.D., and Janet L. Kavandi, Ph.D.

Watch our live stream of the City Club of Cleveland Friday Forums at the Parma-Snow Branch. You do not have to be a City Club member to participate and submit questions LIVE to the forum via Twitter.

The movie Hidden Figures, released in December 2016, tells the story of the women who played a crucial, but often overlooked, role in the space race and John Glenn's successful orbital mission in 1962. These women's stories serve as a benchmark to show how far women in the workplace have come, but also how far there is to go, especially for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. In the 60 or so years since these women worked as engineers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), women's labor has expanded the economy by an estimated $2 trillion dollars.

Despite the fact that, in K-12 education, girls are just as likely as boys to enroll in advanced math and science classes and the fact that women today are more likely than men to graduate from college and go on to pursue an advanced degree, women still account for less than 20% of engineering degrees and trail in STEM degrees on the whole. Women hold nearly half of all the jobs in the U.S. economy, but they hold less than 25% of STEM jobs - and these numbers are even lower for women of color.

Join us for a discussion with Evalyn Gates, Cleveland Museum of Natural History's Executive Director and CEO, and Janet L. Kavandi, Director of NASA's John H. Glenn Research Center, on the impacts of increasing women in STEM and the structural and social barriers that still face women.

This event will be held in the Parma-Snow Branch. Speakers will begin at 12:30 p.m.

The City Club of Cleveland Friday Forum Series is a vibrant, dynamic and diverse forum for citizens and thought leaders to discuss issues and ideas that shape our region, nation, and the world.

City Club Fridays @ the Library are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.