Our mission + vision

A social approach to a fact oriented field.


In 2017, Women in STEM was founded at the University of Chicago Lab Schools as a mechanism to bridge the gap between social justice and academic fields. Recognizing the issue was the foundation for our work that followed. Translating discussion and theory to concrete action and passionate activism ultimately became the primary focus of our organization in the forms of various initiatives.

Since March of 2017, we have been developing dually-driven approaches in which we tackle both the attitudes surrounding women in STEM and also the limited opportunities available in high school, especially for girls. We support on several programs, including facilitating constructive discussions, bringing in guest speakers, and partnering with universities to match high school students with college students in a mentorship program.

In order to guide us in the process, we received invaluable advice from countless sources, of all genders in several fields, to assist us in creating an effective, efficient, and comprehensive program. We received access to quantitative research, analyzed it, and developed our initiatives based on the statistics. WiSTEM is excited to drive our progress forward using these tactics and increased collaboration.

The gender disparity in STEM fields has been widely recognized, but few initiatives have been established at a younger age when girls decide what they want to pursue. We aim to empower and inspire girls through offering a variety of opportunities at the high school level. We hope that through this program, not only will there be an increased awareness of women's potential, but also that girls will be able to recognize their own.


Ananya Asthana

Founder + President of WiSTEM