THE YEAR WAS 1984. THERE WAS SOMETHING STRANGE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD — NEW YORK CITY TO BE PRECISE—AND CITY DWELLERS KNEW EXACTLY WHO TO CALL: THE GHOSTBUSTERS. THE NEW, ALL-FEMALE REMAKE HAS BROUGHT CONTROVERSY AMONG FANS, BUT THERE IS ONE GROUP THAT MAY SEE REAL-WORLD BENEFITS FROM THE CASTING CHOICE: WOMEN IN STEM.
Understandably, people are more than a little excited for the “Ghostbusters” remake. The original film was one of the great comedies of its generation, but we’re ready to see some women take on these iconic roles and increase the number of female STEM characters on the big screen. According to the White House, there is currently a huge disparity between men and women when it comes to portraying STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—professionals in family films, and the divide only gets greater when comparing computer scientists and engineers.
With numbers like these, it is no surprise that the STEM workforce is made up primarily of men. Representation matters. Children’s rights advocate Marian Wright Edelman said, “You can’t be what you can’t see,” and the number of women in the STEM workforce is proof of that fact.
Currently, 41 percent of students enrolled in Analytics@American, Kogod’s online Master of Science in Analytics, are women. We’re working toward a more equal STEM workforce, and we’re glad that the Ghostbusters are joining the fight!