Welcome to INTEGIRLS Chicago!
Chicago Chapter of INTEGIRLS aiming to reinvent competitive problem solving for girls and non-binary students affected by [trans]misogyny.
INTEGIRLS is a teen-led organization that seeks to promote girls and non-binary students comfortable being grouped with girls interested in math and STEM by holding math competitions and puzzle hunts. We know that it can often be daunting to be one of only a handful of a member of an underrepresented gender in an engineering class, math team, or science club. Our team seeks to ensure that feeling isolated is never a barrier of entry for a student interested in math or STEM. Our goal is to foster a community for this promising group by inviting students affected by [trans]misogyny in the greater Chicago area who love math to join us in our team-based math contests and puzzle hunts. Through our competitions, we hope to inspire students passionate about math and encourage them to pursue their interests with the backing of a supportive community.
Why is our mission important?
While 46% of people with math occupations in 2016 were women, these charts from Pew Research Center show that women are significantly underrepresented in the other more math-related STEM jobs, like physical science, computers, and engineering.
This chart from the National Science Foundation shows women as a percentage of people earning degrees in math and statistics, as well as the number of women. In 2016, the percentage of women earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in math and statistics was around 42% of the total, but women made up only 28.5% earning doctorates in these areas.
The statistics for the takers of select tests in 2019, obtained directly from the College Board, are to the left. The depicted courses are the most math related ones offered and most math-related subjects have significantly more boys taking the test than girls. Why is this?