PRNEWSWIRE — When it comes to equality in the STEM field, finding the right resources can help young women when they are starting their careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. InformationWeek finds 12 resources that can help.

During the last several weeks, several public reports from some of the biggest tech companies, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, told us what many already knew: White males dominate the STEM fields.

However, there’s a paradox. The same companies that are dominated by white males are also the ones that are pushing diversity in the workplace as both smart business and responsible management. How can women and minorities break into the workplace and move up the corporate IT ladder?

InformationWeek Community Editor Susan Nunziata found 12 different resources young women can take advantage of to help them as they begin to explore careers in engineering, computer sciences, and scientific research. In her report, Nunziata writes that: “As educators, government officials, technology executives, and women’s groups discuss these issues, a growing number of grassroots organizations are looking to encourage young women to pursue STEM so they can be part of the next generation of tech workers.”

How much do these resources matter? The 2014 US IT Salary Survey by InformationWeek found that the difference between male and female staffers is almost $13,000 per year. How women can even the score is more important than ever.

12 Organizations with STEM resources for young women:

Women@ NASA/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center • Black Girl Code • The National Center for Women & Information Technology Girls, Inc. • Operation SMART program • Science Club for Girls • Million Women Mentors • American Association of University Women • Girlstart • L’Oréal’s • Girls Scout • Girls for Science • The National Girls Collaborative Project