I was the only female in my Physics and Calculus classes. Most of my career was in a male-dominated field. Yet, I survived and succeeded. There were many jobs I did not get, and many activities I was not “allowed” to participate in, and certainly many questions i.e. “What is a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?”
STEM initiatives cannot ever go away. In fact, they should be cemented into the US Constitution by the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.