Girls today are steering away from math, science and computers in record numbers. In 2011, women in the U.S. earned only 18 percent of all computer science degrees (compared to 37 percent 20 years ago) and made up less than 25 percent of the workers in engineering and computer-related fields. Fewer than 10 percent (9.8) of American engineers today are women.
So how do we reverse this trend? Sheryl Sandberg (pictured), the outspoken COO of Facebook and a role model for women in technology, recently gave some interesting -- and very simple advice on how we, as parents, can encourage our daughters to take an early interest in the STEM fields.
Sandberg's advice? Encourage our daughters to play more video games -- and even play with them -- to pique their interest in computers.