Women, especially minority women, continue to be underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. To make things worse, societal pressures often push women away from STEM career paths, oftentimes into lower-paying positions.
According to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, “Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men. And STEM careers offer women the opportunity to engage in some of the most exciting realms of discovery and technological innovation. Increasing opportunities for women in these fields is an important step towards realizing greater economic success and equality for women across the board.” We could not agree more with this statement.
At Girls Inc., we believe every girl needs opportunities to explore education and career options without concern for whether she is perceived to belong in those classrooms or offices. This is why we created Girls Inc. Days.
Each Girls Inc. Day is a five-hour program for up to 125 girls ages 9-16 that focuses on STEM exploration. Girls Inc. Day develops girls’ enthusiasm for and skills in STEM. Through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, persist, and solve problems. In the past, we have taken the girls to IUPUI and Purdue University to be able to participate in STEM activities as well as go on a college tour. By interacting with women pursuing STEM degrees and careers, girls come to view these careers as exciting and realistic options for themselves. This program is increasingly important in a world where many of the fastest-growing, highest paying careers are in STEM fields. Inspiration is what will keep talented girls engaged in exploring all their talents.
This fall, we’ve partnered up with Corteva Agriscience in Indianapolis, the agricultural division of DowDuPont, to host Girls Inc. Day at their headquarters on Saturday, September 15th. Corteva’s purpose is to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. They achieve this by providing the tools to help farmers produce what our food system demands while conserving resources and sustaining the land. Girls who participate in this Girls Inc. Day at Corteva will get the chance to tour parts of their facility as well as participate in hands-on STEM activities led by some of their female employees.
For just $7, each girl who registers for the event gets lunch, a morning and afternoon snack, as well as a Girls Inc. t-shirt. So what are you waiting for? Click here to register your girl for Girls Inc. Day today!