Former astronaut calls for support in closing STEM gender gap

12/29/2009 | NYTimes.com

Former astronaut Sally Ride -- now a spokeswoman for the Obama administration's initiative to improve science, technology, engineering and math education in schools -- contends that the country needs to focus on building student interest in STEM studies. In particular, Ride says, efforts to close the gender gap in STEM fields are essential to maintaining the country's global competitiveness. "We need politicians to appreciate how important this is for the future of our country," she said.

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