Women in STEM



Students will examine barriers that prevent women from entering science, technology, engineering, and math fields, and determine whether they can see similar obstacles in their lives or the lives of their friends or family. Students will also learn about women in STEM throughout history by doing research of their assigned person and writing about her.

  • The teacher will read the article “These Are The 7 Things Keeping Women Out of Science Careers” while students follow along and take notes in their notebooks.
  • After choosing a partner, students will draw names to determine whom they will be researching.
  • Students will then access “Women in Science” website online and read biographies of their subjects.
  • Students are encouraged to find other sources of information about their subject from other reliable online sources.


    1. Doesn’t Meet Expectations

    2. Needs Improvement

    3. Meets Expectations

    4. Exceeds Expectations

    Content – Quality of Information:

    Information did not include details or examples that related to the topic. Information did not come from a reliable source.

    Information related to the topic, but project needed more details and examples to fully support ideas.

    Used relevant information. Included many details and strong examples that came from reputable sources.

    All information was clear and came from reputable sources. Extensive details and relevant examples were used to support the content.

    Writing – Ideas:

    Writing had few details.

    Writing had three or more details that supported the main idea.

    Writing had many interesting details which supported to main idea. Writing included information based on personal experience.

    All details were unique, interesting, and supported the main idea. Writing included information based on personal experience.

    Research – Quality:

    Included more opinion than fact. Information was taken from unreliable sources.

    Included a mixture of facts from reputable sources and opinions from unreliable sources.

    Included facts, conclusions, and opinions form reliable sources.

    Included facts, conclusions, and opinions form reliable sources. Included opinions of subject-matter experts.

    Teamwork – Contribution:

    Did not participate in most group discussions. Rarely shared ideas.

    Participated in most group discussions. Shared a few ideas.

    Shared ideas in every group discussion. Attempted to located additional resources or materials.

    Actively participate din all group discussions and activities. Located additional information or resources.


    Each group will create a shared Google Doc and will type their responses to the following questions:

    1. Who was your outstanding woman in STEM?
    2. Name three interesting facts about her life and career.
    3. Did she overcome any of the seven barriers from the article? If so, which ones and how did she do it?
    4. Have you or do you know anyone who has experienced the barriers discussed in the article? Which ones? How have you overcome them?