The State of Black America: Underemployed

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The Importance of STEM Education for Minorities and Girls

“If I didn’t have the mother I had, if she hadn’t sacrificed to send me to the right school and if Xerox hadn’t taken an interest in me, there is no way this poor Black girl from the projects would have ever become a mechanical engineer.  Multiply that by the thousands of young women and people of color who have the innate talent to become an engineer or scientist, but lack the motivation and help. …Why does this matter? Because the number of jobs in the U.S. economy that require science, engineering, math and innovation is growing and the number of people prepared to fill these jobs is shrinking.” – Ursula Burns,  president and CEO, XEROX

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