Eric Barrett, Nino Macharashvili, Ia Ninoshvili, Mariam Kobuladze, Jason Addie, Irakli Chumburidze
Organisation and country:
While girls score equally as well as boys on Georgian exit exams in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects, they receive less support, are consistently less confident, and ultimately make up only 16% university students in IT. At the same time, STEM employers are finding it difficult to recruit enough skilled employees.
The goal of this infographic was to communicate to girls and women the fact that Georgian women are equally capable in STEM subjects and careers as Georgian men.
School exit exams show that women do slightly (only just) better than their male counterparts in almost all STEM subjects. We juxtaposed two data sets from two sources that tell this story, but the data also show that along the life path young women, in Georgia, that potential is undermined by a lack of support both at home and in society. Finally, we framed the end of the story in terms of Georgia's inability to meet its economic potential due to a scarcity of a skilled workforce in STEM subjects - a call for women to step up and realize their potential in STEM careers as well as for their families to support them and for the Georgian government to see this as a win for economic development in a developing economy.
This is part of an ongoing series of visual stories documenting women in Georgia. In addition to this, JumpStart Georgia, in parallel, implemented a Girls That Code class that teaches young professional women to program using the Ruby language. That class is free and only limited by available resources. Currently, that program is not funded.