ECMCThe Institute of Women’s Policy Research collects statistics about the status of women across the state and awards specific grades to each of six categories. In the Status of Women in Indiana 2015 Report, Indiana received a D for the status of women’s employment and earnings across the state. Specific indicators for this very poor rating include statistics such as:

• Indiana women who work full-time, year-round earn 76 cents on the dollar compared with similarly employed men;
• Approximately 25.7 percent of those working in STEM fields in Indiana are women, compared with 28.8 percent nationwide;
• Although the number of women with a bachelor’s degree or higher in Indiana grew by 6 percent over the past year, the number of women living below the poverty line increased by 7.5 percent.

ECMC Foundation has generously awarded Girls Inc. $50,000 to support our Smart College and Career Planning programs which empower girls to become self-sufficient, to develop education and career goals, and explore interests in STEM activities and careers. “The focus of the GO! Program is to work directly in communities to positively impact educational outcomes,” said Peter Taylor, ECMC Foundation president, “Girls Inc. is a natural fit for a GO! Program grant. The organization is changing the lives of female students by encouraging academic growth and creating higher education goals.”

ECMC’s mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes, especially among underserved populations, through evidence-based innovation. ECMC Foundation endeavors to make long-term investments, either alone or by leveraging the work of other philanthropic, governmental and business partners, that improve academic achievement among underserved students as they prepare themselves for higher education and careers. They focus on four core areas of support: College Readiness; Career Readiness; College Retention; and Research on Teaching and Student Success, and we support important research and reforms that help people prepare for college and careers.