We love it when strong female role models are recognized in the media. Unfortunately, they aren’t recognized enough, making it difficult for girls to picture themselves in certain careers, particularly science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This makes what Microsoft did for International Women’s Day all the more awesome.

Microsoft celebrated female inventors in order to inspire younger generations to #MakeWhatsNext that will change the world. Their website featured different stories of girls and women in STEM.

In the campaign video, Microsoft asks girls to name inventors. The girls list off inventors that all have one thing in common: they’re all male. Microsoft acknowledges that female inventors aren’t highlighted in schools, which teaches girls that STEM is for boys. Then, the video highlights a list of female inventors to send the message that women have made history in STEM.

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In this article, three girls created a video game for the Microsoft Kodu Kup competition and won. Kodu is a part of Microsoft’s Get On program, aimed at bringing inspiration and skills to younger people in the UK so they can get jobs over three years.

Digigirlz, is a Microsoft program to give girls opportunities to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.
At Girls Inc. we want to inspire girls to pursue careers in STEM regardless of gender stereotypes. During Women’s History Month we should all recognize the women and girls who have contributed their inventions to society, so we can teach girls that they are capable of performing any job.

Operation SMART develops girls’ enthusiasm and skills in STEM. Through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, persist, and solve problems. By interacting with women and men pursuing STEM careers, girls come to view these careers as exciting and realistic options for themselves.

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