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Today happens to be the International Day of Women and Girls in STEM and that seems to us to be a great reason to give Friday Props to organizations that champion the goal of improving access to STEM career paths for women and girls.
The United Nations created this day to call attention to the fact that while women outnumber men in obtaining degrees, there are more degrees conferred to men in STEM than women.
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past decades, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science.
We believe there are many Marie Curie's that are being missed and we believe in the missions of organizations that seek to level the playing field and encourage women and girls to enter STEM career paths. To that end we give Friday Props to the following organizations:
Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.
National Girls Collaborative Project is advancing the agenda in gender equity by encouraging girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
GirlStart was established with the goal of harnessing innovative, nationally-recognized informal STEM education programs to encourage girls to become more interested and engaged in STEM.
Women in Tech Fund focuses on providing opportunities for low income and disadvantaged women to attend conferences with paid tickets and transportation to these important career-building events.
It is good there are so many organizations dedicated to the cause of improving access to STEM for women and girls. Edgeworks Creative has provided internships to high schoolers as a way of opening doors to opportunity and we have been fortunate to host several excellent young women interested in STEM careers. If you know of a local high school girl interested in coding please feel free to provide an introduction as we are always open to doing our part for this important cause.