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This is a hybrid—exploratory-monograph study—study. The recent Coronavirus outbreak revealed inordinate numbers of Black and
Latinx patients, casualties, and doctors/scientists, confirming the inequity of
available healthcare and an absence of interest, access, and acquisition of the
advanced education required to attain those vocations. Assuming a general
population majority within the next 25 years, Black and Latinx citizens are
rapidly approaching the distinction of becoming the largest available demographic
“brain trust” from which future medical doctors, scientists, and researchers
will be identified, cultivated, and implemented, not just within an established
healthcare system, but to protect and combat any future pandemics. Addressing
this issue should begin much earlier within the current education system than
currently prevails. Using mathematics as a defining metric, this study examines
the barriers to a lack of proficiency and mentoring due to the sparsity of
female mentors in specific medical disciplines. The distribution scores of the
highest performing third-grade females’ math scores in New York State is compared
to the highest performing third-grade males’ and is descriptively analyzed.
Additionally, because language is necessary for learning, ELA scores of the same “smart students” is also examined. Distribution
of scores among public and charter schools are also presented. Finally, research questions and
data on the questions of girls’ minimized participation in math are furnished.
The absence of their involvement with this STEM discipline could be impeding
their access to the hard science professions. An enigmatic approach to science
and an increased exposure to the opportunities within the STEM fields is
paramount if younger students are to supply the ranks of future hard-science