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Department of Energy Hosts Women In STEM Tweet Up

The United States Department of Energy hosts a discussion about jobs for women in STEM with a national tweet up starting Thursday, March 22 at 2:30pm EDT.

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the U.S. Department of Energy 

Jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields are high-paying, innovation-driven, and mission-essential. Yet while women have half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, 76 percent of STEM jobs are held by men. This gap has been seen throughout the past decade. We need to take a close look at the gender disparity in these fields that are so critical to completing the mission of the Department of Energy, and encourage and support women to take part in STEM positions. 

Join us for a conversation about women in STEM on Twitter on Thursday, March 22 at 2:30pm EDT by following the hashtag #STEM.  

You'll be able to ask experts how we can advance women's education and empowerment to bring women into STEM careers. 

The Energy Department's (@ENERGY) Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman and Technology Transfer Coordinator Dr. Karina Edmonds will host the Tweet Up. 

The Department of Education's Faith Based and Community Partnerships Director Reverend Brenda Girton-Mitchell (@edpartners) will join the conversation, along with Congresswoman Eddie B. Johnson (@RepEBJ), Argonne National Lab Women in Science and Technology Leader Kawtar Hafidi (@argonne), the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (@WhiteHouseAAPI), NASA's Mamta Patel Nagaraja (@womenNASA), the Department of Agriculture's Dr. Jenna Jadin & Dr. Dionne Fortson Toombs  (@USDA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Education Director Louisa Koch (@usNOAAgov) and the Department of Labor's Sara Manzano-Diaz at (@usDOL).

You can send us your questions before or during the event via Twitter to @Energy using the hashtag #STEM or by email to

Gloria B. Smith is Deputy Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion for the U.S. Department of Energy