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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Breaking the STEM Stereotype: Reaching Girls in Early Childhood by Amanda Alzena Sullivan is an insightful and empowering book that will guide parents, educators, and any adult who is in contact with children to address the gender inequality of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). The book is just not for girls and women but for everyone living, learning, and working together. Teachers can change lives and in the United States, men outnumber women in technical fields and the representation of women in these fields is usually less. The author discusses the underrepresentation of women in STEM and her strategies and tools will provide readers with equal opportunities when it comes to pursuing hobbies, passions, and careers they are interested in.
The author's personal experiences as a child and of working with children as an educator help readers connect well with her words and her outlook on STEM. Amanda Alzena Sullivan gives hope to many parents who do not know how to give their girls equal opportunities in STEM. Breaking the STEM Stereotype reaches out to everyone - educators, camp counselors, parents, relatives, caregivers - who can make a difference in the lives of children. The ethical issue of girls and women in STEM is addressed and readers will be educated on gender disparity in STEM fields. Readers will also learn about the impact of stereotypes on the choices children and adults make and how these stereotypes can be combatted. The topic has been dealt with expansively and methodically, helping readers to address the inequality in STEM and empower girls.