A major gap in STEM education is the number of women who are pursuing positions in STEM-related fields. No one should be held back as they pursue their professional dreams; learning, creating, and sharing your passions are life-long pursuits that define who we are and fosters a sense of place in this great, complex world.
One way to break down these barriers for women is to highlight the problems. As we become more digital in our communication, big data and visualization are merging to create excellent mediums to share this story. In response to a need to have more data about gender gaps in STEM, UNESCO launched a nice visualization tool that highlights the proportion of woman in various STEM career stages throughout the globe. Its a great data set to spark conversation, foster in-depth research, and support social justice efforts aimed at empowering woman to pursue their dreams.