Michelle Obama (the FLOTUS in our hearts forever), has always been passionate about educating children (especially young girls) and teaching them that they can be whatever they choose to be in life.
During a private Q&A at Apple’s WWDC conference on Tuesday, the former First Lady talked about women in STEM careers and why there doesn’t seem to be enough women in the top positions of the tech industries.
“Girls walk away from tech and science. … There’s something about how this subject is being taught,” Obama said. “We have been teaching math and science the same way for too long. How do we get them to love these topics at 10 and 11?”
She said that there is still a long way to go when it comes to STEM education in the country.
“I’m very passionate about girls’ education, and we still have a long way to go on equality and access,” she explained. “We have to teach young girls they are smart and can compete.”
On a day-to-day basis, women’s skills are being ignored due to gender roles and prejudices we develop in a patriarchal society, the former First Lady said. And even in the household, women, by nature, glue everything together.
“Women are in charge of everything,” she said. “We buy everything and make most of the household decisions. You need me at the (decision) table.
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Obama also emphasized the importance of inclusivity in the decision-making process of companies.
“If you are sitting in a decision room and everyone looks like you and thinks like you, you will come up with a less-than-good answer,” she said. “We need all voices at the table (in tech and other industries) to make the best decisions.”
She added, “”People sometimes think of change only on a big scale but the most influence I can have are on my two daughters.”