Quote Of The Week: Why Don’t More Girls Code? Or Become CFPs?

Did you know that women make up only about 22% of the Certified Financial Planners in the U.S.? That figure hasn’t budged in decades.

We need more young women in the profession to work with the growing number of women consumers and investors. This is a dynamic and rapidly expanding industry, and can offer great work/life balance to men and women professionals alike.

So why aren’t more young women attracted to careers in finance, science, and other STEM disciplines? The new film documentary Code: Debugging the Gender Gap exposes what it calls the tech world’s gender bias against women.

Take a look at the movie trailer above, and read on below to see what BusinessWeek contributor Claire Suddath says about why women seemingly “drop out” of science, tech and finance career tracks:

“In the mid-’80s, tech was split evenly gender-wise. Today, girls and boys perform equally well at math in middle school. When they get to high school the girls start falling behind. The reason, Code explains, is that they’ve been culturally groomed to assume that science- and math-based fields are for men. By the time they’re adults, women shy away because they don’t have faith in their abilities.”

Claire Suddath, “Girl Code: Debugging the Gender Gap,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, May 14, 2015

 

About Mari Adam

Mari Adam, Certified Financial Planner™ and President of Adam Financial Associates Inc, has been helping individuals and families chart their financial futures for over twenty-five years. Have a question about your financial situation? Ask Mari!

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