Girls and Women in STEM
Dear Girl Scout Family,
There is increased national attention being paid to the low engagement rates of girls and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Conversations revolve around the fact that girls often show interest in STEM early on but are not encouraged to pursue this interest (and in some cases, are actively discouraged). This is borne out by our own research; many girls who are interested in STEM end up not considering careers in the STEM fields. I encourage you to read today’s New York Times article that discusses this issue.
STEM jobs are the jobs that will play a critical role in shaping/defining the future, and at GSGNY, we want to help girls prepare for tomorrow’s job markets. That is why our programming has increasingly shifted toward a focus on STEM (along with Personal Leadership Identity, Business and Entrepreneurship, and Environmental Leadership). It also is why we will identify and recognize women leaders in STEM fields, such as Samantha Kapagoada and Nicola Palmer who will be honored at our Women of Distinction Breakfast on October 29th, as they serve as important role models for our Girl Scouts.
Our first and foremost goal at Girl Scouts is to make sure that girls are exposed to careers of the future, discover their own potential, and learn to trust in their innate capability to lead. All paths are open to our Girl Scouts, and all of our leaders, volunteers, supporters and staff are here to encourage them along the way.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater New York
Let us know what do you think - how reading this New York Times story made you feel. Do you recognize yourself in the story? Have you ever been encouraged or discouraged from pursuing your STEM interests? Send us a comment - we are eager to hear from you!