by Barbara Humpton

It’s unlikely we can close the nation’s STEM gender gap without granting more degrees in these fields to moms and making college and careers work for them. Mothers of dependent children comprise only 16% of US college students, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Single mothers especially face challenges, with less time to spend on homework and sleep than their peers, significant financial burdens and a resulting six-year college graduation rate of just 28%.