Breaking Down Barriers
If you can dream it, you can achieve it… but what if you don’t even get to start dreaming? Many girls lose interest in math and science, and it’s not because they don’t enjoy or have the ability to excel in the subject. Social and cultural barriers often keep girls from entering STEM subjects and careers, and with donor support we’re expanding access initiatives to address and break down these barriers.
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Girls Only Programs – Providing relevance to STEM careers for girls
Research shows that for girls, it is especially important to align scientific content with their desire to be creative and have an impact on the world. Girl only programs like the ones you can support at PacSci are essential for creating learning environments that foster space for exploration outside of traditional gender norms.
Teen Programming – Normalizing girls’ aptitude in science
Aside from girls only programming, co-ed programming is important for normalizing female aptitude and success in STEM for their male peers. This normalization is critical to create STEM career paths where women are welcomed. At PacSci, donor funded internships and programs encourage boundary breaking post-secondary plans for the female participants.
Role Models and Mentors – Empowering girls through relationships
Girls and young women who know a woman in a STEM profession are substantially more likely to feel empowered when they engage in STEM activities. This relationship encourages their belief in a woman’s ability to succeed in math and science. At PacSci there are female STEM role models, both in staff and guest scientists, on our floors every day.
Achievements of Women in STEM – Shifting gender norms about STEM
Women have been a part of STEM industries for decades, but their successes are often not attributed to them. This masking of female achievements in STEM has reinforced the long standing assumption that women are not good at science and math. We heighten awareness of successful women in STEM through PacSci programs and communications.
“In STEM fields and the innovation economy, there just are not enough women serving as leaders. As a prominent science education institution, it is critical that PacSci nurture and provide women and girls with rich experiences and growth opportunities. Our board is committed to equitable representation at all levels of the organization. In all we do, PacSci is breaking down barriers for Girls and Women in STEM.”
Learn more about our Girls and Women in STEM Initiative in this quick PacSci Podcast:
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