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Numbers do not exist for the percentage of girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) academies across the U.S. The most recent career and technical education statistics at the secondary level from the U.S. Department of Education are from 2005, and they show very low numbers of female students in STEM. The absence of women from STEM education and careers affects more than the women; it is a missed opportunity for those fields. Women bring a different perspective that shapes and influences STEM disciplines. Having more women in the picture will not only help women themselves, it will also help society benefit from their expertise--whether it's ensuring women are included in clinical trials for medical research or developing a prosthetic knee that works better for women. In this article, the author addresses the problem of the low numbers of females in STEM classes and offers suggestions as to how to improve those numbers.